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Missouri Rock Island Trail Inc.

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304 Victoria Lane
Rolla, MO 65401
573-202-9632
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About Us

MoRIT is a non-profit whose mission is to facilitate and expedite the development of the Rock Island Trail on the former railroad corridor so it is optimal for users, neighbors and communities. It is read more
  • About

    MoRIT is a non-profit whose mission is to facilitate and expedite the development of the Rock Island Trail on the former railroad corridor so it is optimal for users, neighbors and communities. It is a hiking/biking trail like the Katy Trail. The first 47 miles of Rock Island Trail State Park opens late 2016 near KC from Pleasant Hill to Windsor. That is where the Katy crosses so it serves to connect the 240 mile Katy Trail to KC. Our focus is on developing the next 144 miles from Windsor to Beaufort, near Union. Nearest locations to Rolla are Belle and Freeburg. Freeburg (and Rolla due to proximity) is uniquely situated to benefit as a key tourist attraction as it is over a 740 foot tunnel 100 feet below Highway 63. The 3/10 of a mile long Gasconade River bridge is just 3 miles east of Freeburg. Argyle is just a few miles west by trail. Salvage of the rails and ties on the 144 mile segment is to be completed in December 2015 when Ameren will donate the corridor to Missouri State Parks. Trail will be developed as fast as public and private funding allow. Belle has one mile of trail funding in hand from a Recreational Trails Program grant and wants to begin building trail ASAP. That may happen by agreement with Ameren before 2018 or in coordination with MO State Parks in 2018. Owensville and Eldon are eager to build trail ASAP.

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  • Whom to Contact

    • Mr. Greg Harris
      Executive Director
      304 Victoria Lane
      Rolla, MO 65401
      Phone: 573-202-9632
      Cell Phone: (573) 202-9632
  • Directions

    See the 740 tunnel 100 feet below highway 63 at Freeburg by going downhill of the Cenex gas station to the east 300 yards. You can see the tunnel from your car. Do not trespass on Ameren's corridor.