Rock Island Trail State Park Established as the 93rd Missouri State Park

Windsor, June 30th, 2023 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced the establishment of Rock Island Trail State Park, which officially became the 93rd state park in Missouri on June 30th, 2023. This newly designated state park spans a significant section of the former corridor of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, providing a captivating blend of history, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities for visitors.

Rock Island Trail State Park encompasses the former Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park, featuring an impressive 47.5-mile developed trail that stretches from Pleasant Hill to Windsor, Missouri. This scenic trail offers a unique experience for hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the picturesque landscapes of the region while traversing the historic path once traveled by the iconic Rock Island train.

Furthermore, an additional 144 miles of undeveloped corridor extends from Windsor to Beaufort, Missouri, promising future expansions and opportunities for development. Although this section remains closed to the public at present, plans are underway to transform it into an equally captivating and accessible trail that will further enhance the overall experience of Rock Island Trail State Park. In a promising development, another 12.6-mile section of an active rail line from Beaufort to Union has been made available for development.

The master plan for Rock Island Trail State Park has been released and is now available for public viewing. This plan outlines the vision for the park’s development, including proposed amenities, trail enhancements, interpretive features, and more. The master plan can be accessed at:

Rock Island Trail State Park is destined to become a cherished destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and nature lovers alike. The park will not only provide opportunities for physical activity but also serve as a living testament to the rich railroad history that shaped Missouri and the surrounding regions.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources encourages the public to explore and enjoy the existing developed trail at Rock Island Trail State Park. Visitors are reminded to follow park regulations and practice responsible outdoor recreation to ensure the preservation and conservation of this remarkable natural resource.

The “Friends of Rock Island Trail State Park” greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this announcement. The Friends of Rock Island Trail State Park are committed to supporting the development of the newest Missouri State Park. Their mission is to advocate for and assist in the enhancement of Rock Island Trail State Park, ensuring its preservation, accessibility, and enjoyment for generations to come. For more information regarding the Friends of Rock Island Trail State Park go to or email at