The Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail links two states, four communities and a multitude of parks along Indian Creek. The trail provides numerous connections to the surrounding areas, making it an excellent resource for members of the community for both recreation and transportation.
In the east, the trail begins where it meets the Blue River Parkway Trail, near the confluence of Indian Creek and the Blue River in Kansas City, Missouri. Extending westward, the trail crosses the Kansas–Missouri state line and enters the 66-acre Leawood City Park. The park contains soccer fields, tennis courts, baseball fields, volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and an aquatic center. The park is also the northern trailhead for the Tomahawk Creek Trail.
The trail continues along Indian Creek, passing through a number of neighborhood parks on Overland Park’s eastern side. At Nall Avenue, the trail links directly to the northern endpoint of the Nall Avenue Path, which leads to the world headquarters of Sprint Corporation and other points south. Shawnee Mission South High School, one of five high schools serving the Johnson County towns collectively referred to as Shawnee Mission, is located a short trip down Lamar Avenue from the Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail.
Just west of Antioch Road, the trail passes under Interstate 435 and continues south through more neighborhood parks. At both W. 109th Street and College Boulevard, the trail leads to the Overland Park campus of Ottawa University and adjacent office buildings.
The Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail eventually enters Olathe, passing close to Olathe East High School on W. 127th Street and meeting the Eastbrooke Trail and Blackbob Road Trail on opposite sides of the school. The trail winds through dense woodlands before emerging at the entrance to MidAmerica Nazarene University’s campus on E. College Way. From here, the trail treks south along S. Lindenwood Drive—passing Olathe South High School, Indian Trail Middle School, Scarborough Elementary School and the 151st Street Path—before diverging from the road and entering Southdowns Park.
A newer section of trail extends south from the park, crossing W. 159th Street (and the adjacent 159th Street Path) and S. Ridgeview Road, before terminating at Hampton Park. The park, which opened in 2000, offers water, benches and picnic tables for weary trail users.
Parking for the Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail is available at several parks along the way. In Leawood, parking can be found at Leawood City Park on Lee Boulevard.
In Overland Park, parking is available at Foxhill North Park on Indian Creek Parkway; Roe Park on Roe Avenue; Nall Park on Indian Creek Drive; Corporate Woods North Park on Indian Creek Parkway; Shannon Valley Park on Grant Drive; and Indian Valley Park on Knox Street.