Roaring River State Park is a great little park in southwest Missouri near Cassville. The family and I did a campout there a little over a year ago with some friends and their kids. The park is best known for the top notch trout fishing and if you get there early you, or wake up early, you are almost guaranteed to catch something. It’s a great place to take the little ones fishing.
There are seven trails within this state park. I actually set out to find the Columbia Memorial Trail early one recent Sunday morning but took a wrong turn. I was wanting to beat the heat in my hike and saw signs for Roaring River so I turned in.
The Katy Trail is a 240 miles stretch from Machens to Clinton, MO converted to trail-way upon the closure of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad in 1986. The name “Katy” comes from the abbreviated name of the old railroad nickname Missouri “KT.” It is one of the longest rails to trails in the U.S. and includes parts of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail. The trail also has been designated as a Milennium Legacy Trail.
The MKT operated their final train route from Sedalia to Machens on October 4, 1986. Following that run, floodwaters from the Missouri River severely damaged the tracks along the route. This was not the first of washouts the MKT had experienced on this route but it would end up being the last as future MKT routes were rerouted.
One of the things I wanted the midsouthhiking.com web site to include was an exhaustive resource for hikes and hikers throughout the mid south region. That is why I am excited to announce the latest addition to the site.
I have set up a group of forums that will continue to be added to on the Trails page. So far there are about 60 trails listed from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. I have not hiked them all yet but of course I hope to in the coming year(s). This listing will be added to and I hope you will help us add to it. Basically the trails just exist now as a location and length, I hope you will add to the description. (more…)