Touring - Katy Trail / Hennessey Hammock
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01-28-08, 10:58 PM
Has anyone used a Hennessey Hammock along the Katy Trail in MO? Do the camping areas allow hammocks and do they have trees to support a hammock?
01-29-08, 07:08 AM
We mostly camped in city parks along the way - and I guess there were plenty of trees that would work. You wouldn't be able to "stealth camp" at all because the trail is so narrow there is simply no place to go, but I would guess you'd be able to find places to hang a hammock in the parks and other established camping places.
I'm sorry to disagree with Nancy above but we stealth camped on the Katy last July with our Hennessey hammocks, no problem. In fact after almost running over two rattlesnakes on the trail, I kind of liked the idea of not being in a tent on the ground.
01-29-08, 01:51 PM
I've no experience at all with the Katy trail. Does it have something to do with the song "She caught the Katy"?
I do however have considerable experience stealth camping and it is possible to stealth on narrow rail trails or tow paths if you use a bit of ingenuity. From my experience campgrounds either have laws about hammocks because they don't realize Hennessy's don't damage the bark, or there are no trees to facilitate Winnibagos (if you call that camping).
Rail trails built on old rail beds usually have spaces on the side of the trail that are not flat. They often go up or down quite steeply. Ideal habitat for the stealthy hammock. The usual problem is hiding the bike.
Best of luck. Let us know how it goes.
Stokell hit on an important point "The usual problem is hiding the bike".
If you ask, the Park Rangers will tell you there is NO camping anywhere on the trail besides the campgrounds and/or parks. The Rangers patrol the trail at night. I am sure they are only trying to keep everyone safe.
I have camped in the city parks, at the Sedalia campground, and simply back in the trees. There really are quite a few options. Print a mileage chart. It will help you choose places to camp. The Katy is an awesome trail. One of my favorite places to be.
01-29-08, 08:29 PM
I stand corrected. Like I said, we had a large tent (needed to big enough for four of us) and there was no way we could have found a spot for us on the trail itself. For most of it, the corridor isn't any more than 30 feet across, so I have no idea where one would hide.
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