1. Ride the Trail
The longest recreational rail trail in the country, the Katy Trail, stretches the width of the state and passes right by Rocheport. It has a gravel path and beautiful Missouri River views. There’s a charming tunnel along the trail in Rocheport, and nearby Boonville has a historic depot that’s worth a visit as well. A 12.4-mile bike ride along the trail from one city to the other will give you a chance to see both.
2. Grab a Meal
Are you feeling a little hungry after that trek down the Katy Trail? Stop at Meriwether Café and Bike Shop (700 1st Street, Rocheport), just steps off the trail. The cafe is nice and cozy inside with a sprawling outdoor patio. Grab a stack of pancakes, a glass of wine, a locally-roasted cup of coffee or a B.L.T.—they have it all, made with local ingredients. Meriwether also has adult and children’s bikes for rent if you can’t bring your own.
3. Shop for Art
Historic downtown Rocheport is a cute place for a little post-meal walk. Be sure to stop by Art Off the Trail (203 Central St., Rocheport). The art gallery and studio features paintings and artwork by local artists and makers. You can find handmade pieces for things other than your walls, too, such as clothing items, art glass and more. Plus it’s located in a sweet historic brick building.