Biking in and Around Defiance
The Katy Trail
Bicyclists love this area because Missouri is home to the Katy Trail – 237 miles of rail-to-trail that stretches across the state and mirrors part of the path Lewis and Clark took up the Missouri River. This trail is predominantly flat, constructed of crushed limestone, open year-round, and is operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This trail can be biked or hiked (and further west also has equestrian areas). We are conveniently located 200 feet north of the Defiance Trailhead, at mile marker 59.1.
Busch Wildlife Trail
This easy trail is about a 3.2-mile loop, open all year round. It passes many abandoned bunkers that were used when the Weldon Spring area was home to a government munitions site. The trail has two loops which pass through forest areas, near lakes, along a dam, with minimal elevation gains. Many people choose to use mountain bikes on this trail, as it is a bit “wilder” than the nearby Katy Trail, and can also be hiked. For more information on this trail contact: August A. Busch Wildlife Area (636) 441-4554
This trail is an easy, 6-mile linear trail which loops or connects trails from “The Mound” and the Lost Valley Trail. It also connects directly to the Katy Trail from the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The Hamburg Trail crosses an area that once was a small German town, displaced and disbanded in the 1940’s after the Department of the Army and the Atomic Energy Commission used the area for TNT, DNT, and uranium ore processing. All of the affected portions of the trail were part of a federal environmental cleanup project, with nuclear waste being contained in a large cell known as “The Mound.” This trail is also popular with mountain bike users and can also be hiked. For more information on this trail contact: August A. Busch Wildlife Area (636) 441-4554
Lost Valley Trail
This is an intermediate, 10.5-mile trail that is popular with mountain bikers and hikers. The trail is open year-round until 10:00 pm. The trail consists of a large loop with varying scenery – woods, fields, old homesteads, natural springs, rock formations, and hilly woods. There is an old logging road that allows you to cut the trail in half, if necessary. For more information on this trail contact: August A. Busch Wildlife Area 636-441-4554
Matson Hill Trail
This 7.4-mile trail, operated by the St. Charles County Parks Department, is predominately used by mountain bikers and hikers. It tends to be heavily wooded with rocky terrain and can be difficult in wet weather. The trail weaves through the heart of what is known as “Daniel Boone Country," as the Boone family homestead lies nearby. Matson Hill Park consists of 68.5 acres of rugged wooded landscape and has three trail sections: the Matson Hill Loop (2.8 miles); the Oxen Mill Trail (2.1 miles), and the Hayes Trail (2.5 miles out-n-back). For more information on this trail call: Trail Hotline (636) 949-7475.
Katy Bike Rentals
, 2998 South Highway 94, Defiance, MO 63341 at (636) 987-2300. They are located next to the Katy Trail at mile marker 59, and offer a full line of bike rentals, parts, accessories, and repairs. Restroom facilities are available as well as cold drinks and ice cream. They also offer transportation services with prior arrangements.