Chanute Running Trails and Maps

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Lehigh Portland Trails

2.25 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail

0.5 mi
State: KS

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

51.3 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Southwind Rail Trail

6.5 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Watco Trail

1 mi
State: KS
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This collection of trails was built of the site of a former cement plant and quarry along the banks of Elm Creek in Iola, Kansas. There are over 2.25 miles of gravel rail-trails occupying the railbeds...
KS 2.25 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Opened in 2015, the Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail (or Mo-Pac Trail) is a half-mile multi-use pathway located in Iola, Kansas. While short, the trail nonetheless provides valuable connections: it...
KS 0.5 mi Concrete
The Prairie Spirit Trail in Kansas is hard-packed limestone and suitable for bicycles as well as wheelchairs. Some of the trail is asphalt (within city limits), which allows for inline skaters. The...
KS 51.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Southwind Rail Trail opened in 2013 for recreation and active transportation use on a converted railroad corridor stretching between the small southeast Kansas cities of Iola and Humboldt. The...
KS 6.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Watco Trail, named for the short-line railroad operator headquartered in Pittsburg, stretches diagonally through the Kansas city just west of downtown. The trail is open on a portion of the former...
KS 1 mi Asphalt

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Prairie Spirit Trail State Park


June, 2017 by kcwyks_tl

We took a ride from the trailhead at Princeton KS, about 17 miles to Garnett KS, where we ate lunch at a restaurant on the town square, and returned that afternoon. This trail has excellent surface condition, good vegetation control, safe bridges, and nice variety of scenery in open space and deep forest cover. Bathrooms and water available at Princeton, Richmond, and Garnett. Its a nice day trip from Kansas City to get out in the country.

Lehigh Portland Trails

You want it? Lehigh's got it!

April, 2017 by billsjunk20032003

The Lehigh Trail, at the south edge of Iola, KS has something for everyone. The main trail offers a hard-packed limestone screening surface, firm enough for hiking, biking, wheel chairs, and strollers, and is an excellent surface for the casual hiker/biker. For those who want something more challenging, there are single-track trails over rocks, through wooded areas, through tall grass, and along the edge of its namesake rock quarry. Lehigh has it all!

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Ottawa to Garnett and back

April, 2017 by clengquist

Had a great ride yesterday on the trail. Met nice folks along the way. Trail is well maintained. If the state could do something about the 23 mph SSW headwind, that would be nice. :)

Plenty of place to stop and enjoy the prairie.


Southwind Rail Trail

A Nice Trail

October, 2016 by gzymmb

We rode this from Riverside Park south for about 3 miles. It is a flat trail that is maintained pretty well. We enjoyed it, but it was right at sundown so we couldn't go any farther..

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Great rail trail

October, 2016 by cadtrends

After riding the Katy three times a buddy and I found out about this trail. I like it better even though it is much shorter. Rode it the first weekend of October. It was in GREAT shape. Whoever is in charge of maintaining it does a excellent job. Started in Humboldt and rode to Ottowa on a Saturday and rode back on Sunday. About 57 miles each way. Garnett is really the only place to get food halfway. Perfect weather when we went. I think there is a trail to Witchita from Ottowa. Will be looking for info on that and incorporate that with the next Prairie Spiirit ride

Southwind Rail Trail

First Trail Ride

July, 2015 by kmotoole

This is an amazing trail. VERY WELL maintained and very easy to ride. My friends and I rode this trail last week from Humbolt to Iola and from there rode the Prairie Spirit Trail on up to Colony where we had lunch. Then we rode back to Humbolt. I was so impressed, and it was so beautiful with the tree canopies and the big bridge. I am planning on coming back and bringing my husband so he can experience this beautiful trail too. I would give this trail 10 stars if I could.

Watco Trail

Pleasant place for a jog

July, 2015 by hdhaskell

A nice, short, well-maintained, shady, paved trail that runs through residential areas in Pittsburg, KS. There are lots of street crossings, but most of the streets are quiet. Trailhead Park, at the north end, added in 2010, has a parking lot and water fountain. Because of the numerous street crossings it isn't conducive to fast bicycling, but it's a safe and pleasant place for a jog.

Southwind Rail Trail

Fun ride

April, 2015 by hdhaskell

I ran this trail yesterday and it was a good 1 hour round trip. It's well maintained; I did it using a gravel-oriented road bike (32 mm tires) and had no problems. It's scenic, with fields, forests, and streams, and abandoned railroad signal boxes. There is parking at both ends.

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Good ride

November, 2014 by dan.allen.50552

We have ridden this several times. There is fee payment stations. We have also ridden flint hill nature trail. That trail is free more like the KATY trail. So pick one that works best for your situation!

Southwind Rail Trail

Great Trail!

August, 2014 by koakley

I live in Iola and use this trail several times a week. Maintained very well.

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Walked the Trail

June, 2014 by jdbumsted

My mother and I walked the Prairie Spirit Trail the last weekend in April 2014. We started in Iola on a Friday morning, stopped in Garnett for the night, and walked to Richmond, Kansas the next day. The trail provides beautiful scenery, especially between Welda and Richmond. We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the rest areas. We consider this trail to be a Kansas Treasure, and we plan to go and walk the complete trail from Ottawa to Iola this fall.

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Ottawa to Iola Roundtrip

May, 2014 by robindkrause

My wife and I did a self-contained ride over Memorial Day weekend 2014. We started in Ottawa and rode to Iola. There's not much in the towns along the route; if you want to stop for a meal Garnett is definitely your best bet. Once we arrived in Iola we stayed at the America's Best Value Inn right off the trail. It's a decent place, nothing fancy.

The first day, on the way to Iola, we got rained on most of the way. The trail held up pretty well and during the dry times the water ran off or soaked in quickly.

By the time we headed back to Ottawa the next day the sun had been out for a few hours and the trail had mostly dried out.

There are a lot of open areas that have little shade so it can be pretty hot going. I suspect in a few years the trees will grow over the trail and provide some nice shade.

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