The Tuesdays on the Trail program will utilize the tram provided by the Missouri Parks Association to provide access to the trail to as many people as possible. Similar in nature to the Fall Colors Tram Tours held annually in October in Rocheport, the trips will highlight the natural and cultural history of certain sections of the trail while providing an opportunity to enjoy the trail for visitors who might otherwise not have the ability to do so.
Tours are planned for two Tuesdays in the months of May, June, September and October for a total of eight tour dates. July and August are not scheduled due to extremely warm temperatures and dusty trail conditions. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and will last two hours.
Each tour will host approximately 25 people. An interpretive guide with a PA system will provide a presentation about the history of the Katy Trail, and commentary on the local natural and cultural history along the trail. Snacks and bottled water will be provided to each participant. To avoid impacting regular trail users, the tours will take place during weekdays.
- 10 a.m. to noon
- 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Following are the dates and locations for the tram tours. Due to high demand, registration for each tour will open one month prior to the tour date. Tours are free, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, call the park office at 573-449-7402 or visit our reservation page.
|May 10||Rocheport to McBaine||April 10|
|May 24||McKittrick to Rhineland||April 24|
|June 14||Windsor to Chilhowee - Rock Island Spur||May 14|
|June 28||St. Charles to Machens||May 28|
|Sept. 13||St. Charles to Machens||Aug. 13|
|Sept. 27||Hartsburg to North Jefferson||Aug. 27|
|Oct. 11||Windsor to Calhoun||Sept. 11|
|Oct. 25||Treloar to Bernhiemer||Sept. 25|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Tuesdays on the Trail events open to only senior citizens?
The Seniors to State Parks Outreach Program is a partnership between Missouri State Parks and the Missouri Parks Association that provides exclusive incentives and special opportunities designed for seniors and individuals with disabilities to explore and enjoy Missouri’s outdoors and its past. This program was first launched in 2015 and is funded by MPA through a generous endowment received from Ben and Bettie Breeding to be used exclusively for this purpose. The Breedings lived their adult lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and felt strongly about the positive effects of outdoor activities. The trams were purchased using funds from this endowment.
The Katy Trail Fall Colors Tram tours are open to all.
2. Is the trip a round-trip ride?
Yes, the tram tours are round-trip tours.
3. What safety precautions are being taken for those on foot or bike during the tram trip down the trail?
Signage is posted at trailheads on each tour day alerting riders to the tram’s presence on the trail. The tram is generally traveling more quickly than bicyclists headed in the same direction and slows to allow cyclists traveling in the opposite direction space to pass. We love waving at and greeting fellow trail users as we go by!
4. What if I use a wheelchair?
We do have a ramp, but we do not have the capability to tie down motorized wheelchairs. Wheelchair users can either bring a standard wheelchair, or if they are able to, they can transfer to a seat on the tram and leave their motorized chair with their vehicle.
5. Is registration required, and how soon can I register?
Registration is required and will open for signup 30 days prior to the tour. To reserve your spot, visit icampmo.com or call the park office at 573-449-7402.