Communities along the rail line are ready and eager to get the trail going. In fact, the initial momentum for the project began in the communities of Gerald and Owensville and Rosebud and Eldon.
The Missouri State Parks Foundation must raise the initial $9,803,000 goal before any money can be invested in the trail's development, including money require for the right of way for future use and 10+ years of continued development: fencing, gates, bridge repairs, barriers to hazardous areas, equipment to maintain the crossings and security to secure the corridor.
This campaign provides the first step to attract federal grants and develop the trail in the future. Full development of the corridor is estimated to cost between $65 and $85 million.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history-a chance that may not come again. Your support for this "next step" will make all the difference.
To date, contributions include more than $6 million in rail removal by Ameren and more than $300,000 in pledged contributions.
Here's a look at opportunities to show your support:
Opportunities exist to name bridges and tunnels, sections of trails, trailhead depots or historic locations. Send a note to to discuss opportunities that are right for you
Initial work will include security, fencing, signage and other work. We will need two trucks for park rangers and contributions of services and materials, Can you help? Send a note to to discuss opportunities that are right for you
Gifts are needed at all levels. Interested in creating a matching gifts program? We're glad to discuss options and promotions.
PRESENTATIONS TO GROUPS OR MEETINGS
Contact us to set up a presentation by a member of our Campaign Cabinet or staff. Media inquiries are welcome.
Send donations to:
Missouri State Parks Foundation-Rock Island
PO Box 1002
Columbia, MO 65205-1002