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New 47.5 mile trail connects Pleasant Hill to Katy Trail

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PLEASANT HILL, Mo. (AP) _ A nearly 50-mile stretch has been opened linking a Kansas City area town to the Katy Trail State Park, a recreational trail of abandoned railroad land.

Gov. Jay Nixon cut a ribbon Saturday on the new 47.5 mile hike-and-bike trail linking Pleasant Hill, southeast of Kansas City, to the Katy Trail.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://j.mp/2gzPDCI) that plans call for Jackson County to extend the path to the Truman Sports Complex by 2018. That will make it possible to connect with the extensive metro-area trail system, allowing someone in Johnson County, Kansas, for example, to cycle to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The first sections of the Katy opened in central Missouri in 1990.