New 47.5 mile trail connects Pleasant Hill to Katy Trail

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Katy Trail expands

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. — A nearly 50-mile stretch has been opened linking a Kansas City area town to the Katy Trail State Park, a recreational trail of abandoned railroad land.

Gov. Jay Nixon cut a ribbon Saturday on the new 47.5 mile hike-and-bike trail linking Pleasant Hill, southeast of Kansas City, to the Katy Trail.

In 2013, the Governor also launched the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to celebrate Missouri being named the “Best Trails State” in America. The Challenge encourages Missourians to complete 100 miles of outdoor physical activity in one year. Over the last three years, more than 27,000 participants have logged over 5.5 million miles, including 344 miles by the Governor and 317 miles by the First Lady, in 2016 alone.

The first sections of the Katy opened in central Missouri in 1990.