Augusta to Matson

Augusta to Matson (HM2GCL)

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N 38° 34.191', W 90° 52.885'

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Katy Trail State Park runs for 5.70 miles from Augusta to Matson. The first four miles are away from roads, and trail users can enjoy the farm landscape and bottomland forest of the Missouri River floodplain, lined by increasingly taller bluffs. Sometimes visible through openings to your right, the Labadie coal-burning power plant is located on the opposite side of the river.

Along this stretch, Jefferson City dolomite—which has towered over the Katy Trail for the last 100 miles—is topped by thick layers of St. Peter sandstone. Concrete silos at the former railroad stop of Klondike at milepost 64.1 held silica from this high-grade sandstone. The old quarry site is now St. Charles County's Klondike Park. A trail climbs to the blufftop area of the park from an intersection with the Katy here.

Benches offer a rest spot to enjoy the view including at a natural shelter of St. Peter sandstone at milepost 63.3. After a few tenths of a mile, trail users come alongside the Missouri River. A Lewis and Clark Expedition historical marker and the Klondike Park public boat launch are located here. Nearby, another hiking and biking trail intersects the Katy and leads through Klondike Park.

The Katy Trail soon leaves the river and follows the bluffs into a wide agricultural bottomland. Tavern Bluffs,

seen across the river, were the scene of a dramatic episode from the Lewis and Clark Expedition: on May 23, 1804, Capt. Meriwether Lewis fell 20 feet before stopping his fall with his knife.
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Date Added Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 684566 N 4271172
Decimal Degrees38.56985000, -90.88141667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.191', W 90° 52.885'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 11.46" N, 90° 52' 53.1" W
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