7750 Madison Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64114
General Overview of Trail
Missouri, the Show Me State, was first claimed by the French explorer La Salle for France in 1682. The United States acquired the land in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase, and in 1812 Congress formed most of what had been called Upper Louisiana into the Missouri Territory. Lewis and Clark began their historic expedition where the Missouri River empties into the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. The ADT follows their route along the Missouri River from St. Charles to Boonville on the Katy Trail.
The route of the ADT from Boonville to Kansas City may change in the future as the result of efforts to develop a new rail-trail from Boonville through Sedalia, Post Oak, Pleasant Hill, and into Kansas City. The route described here, which follows the Santa Fe Trail from its origin near Boonville, should be used until then.
Detailed Trail Description
The trail is divided into 3 segments totaling 343 miles.
St. Louis to St. Charles — 33 miles
St. Charles (Katy Trail) to Boonville — 154 miles
Boonville to Kansas City (Kansas state line) — 156 miles