Kansas Bike Trails and Maps

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133rd Street Path

7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

143rd Street Path

4.2 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

151st Street Path

7.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

159th Street Path

3 mi
State: KS
Concrete

20th Street Trafficway Path

3.2 mi
State: KS
Concrete
Accordion

3rd Street Trail

1 mi
State: KS
Concrete

6th Street Path

2 mi
State: KS
Concrete

79th Street Path

1 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

95th Street Path

0.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Arkansas River Bike Path

10 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Armourdale Levee Trail

1.3 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Augusta Pedestrian & Bicycle Path

1.3 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Blackbob Road Trail

4 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Blackfish Parkway Trail

1.5 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Blue River Rail Trail

11.7 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park

1.7 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Canal Hike and Bike Trail

4.9 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Center Street Trail

0.5 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Clinton Parkway Trail

4 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Deer Creek Trail

2 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Eastbrooke Trail

1.9 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

El Dorado Bike Trail

3.8 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Flint Hills Nature Trail

117 mi
State: KS
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Gardner Greenway Corridor

1.6 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Gardner Road Trail

1.3 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Great Bend Levee Trail

7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Gypsum Creek Bike Path

6.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Haskell Rail-Trail

1.06 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Haysville Hike and Bike Path

4.2 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail

26 mi
State: KS, MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Jim P. Martinez Sunflower Trail

6.8 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

K-96 Bicycle Path

8 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Lackman Road Path

1.5 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Lake Shawnee Trail

6.6 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Landon Nature Trail

12.1 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Lawrence Levee Trail

9.3 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Little Mill Creek Trail

2.2 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Madison Street Trail

1 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Mahaffie Creek Trail

1.7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Manhattan Linear Park Trail

9.4 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Marquette Pioneer Trail

2.8 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Maurer Road Path

1.6 mi
State: KS
Concrete

McAdams Bike Path

5.2 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Meadowlark Trail

7.6 mi
State: KS
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Midland Drive Path

1 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Midtown Bike Path

1.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail

0.5 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Monticello Road Path

1.4 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Nall Avenue Path

3.7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Olathe Heritage Trail

2.3 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

51.3 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Prairie Star Parkway Path

4.7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Prairie Sunset Trail

8 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Redbud Trail

2.5 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Riverfront Heritage Trail

15 mi
State: KS, MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Riverwalk Trail (KS)

4.7 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Rolling Ridge Trail

2.3 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

S. Lawrence Trafficway Trail

9.1 mi
State: KS
Concrete

SMP Paved Trail

2 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Salina Levee Trail

4.8 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Sedgwick County Zoo/Park Path

8.9 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Shawnee Mission Parkway Trail

2 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Shunga Trail

7.63 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Southwind Rail Trail

6.5 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Sunflower Santa Fe Trail

1.7 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Switzer Road Trail

2.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Talley Trail

3.7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Tomahawk Creek Trail

12.7 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

10 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

Turkey Trail

10.5 mi
State: KS
Dirt

Valkommen Trail

2.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Concrete

W. Santa Fe Street Path

2.3 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Watco Trail

1 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Whistle Stop Park

1.8 mi
State: KS
Asphalt

Zoo Boulevard Path

1.5 mi
State: KS
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The four disconnected sections of the 133rd Street Path run though the communities of Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood outside Kansas City. The trail parallels sections of 133rd and 132nd Streets, connecting ...
KS 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 143rd Street Path is a sidepath along W. 143rd Street in Overland Park. The trail offers access to the surrounding residential communities as well as nearby schools, religious faclities and recreational ...
KS 4.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
As you might imagine, the 151st Street Path is a sidepath along 151st Street though Olathe and Overland Park outside Kansas City. The path provides access to commercial centers, schools, parks, residential ...
KS 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 159th Street Path unsurprisingly parallels W. 159th St. in Olathe. The trail provides access to commercial, industrial and residential facilities, as well as Chisholm Trail Middle School and the Olathe ...
KS 3 mi Concrete
As a side path to a busy thoroughfare, the 20th Street Trafficway Path provides both an excellent recreational opportunity for the surrounding communities and a safe commuting alternative for cyclists, ...
KS 3.2 mi Concrete
The winding 3rd Street Trail parallels an irrigation ditch between Interstate 135 and Lorraine Avenue in Wichita, making a link between disconnected portions of 3rd Street via a non-motorized route. The ...
KS 1 mi Concrete
The 6th Street Path runs along W. 6th Street—also signed as US 40—in Lawrence. The side path provides safe access to residential and commercial facilities along the busy road. At its western end, the trail ...
KS 2 mi Concrete
Accordion
Although only a mile long, the 79th Street Path connects important recreational amenities in Lenexa, a southwestern suburb of Kansas City. The paved, east-west route parallels its namesake roadway through ...
KS 1 mi Asphalt
The 95th Street Path is a paved, half-mile route through Lenexa, part of the Kansas City metro area. The trail is separated from the roadway by a wide grassy median and is surrounded by residences on one ...
KS 0.5 mi Asphalt
The 10-mile Arkansas River Path is Wichita's longest and most popular multi-use trail, running mainly along the southwest bank of the Big Arkansas River between 21st Street (near I-235) and Galena Street ...
KS 10 mi Asphalt
The Armourdale Levee Trail offers an unpaved route (hybrids or mountain bikes are recommended) of just over a mile through Kansas City, Kansas, along a Kansas River levee. Opening in 2014, the trail is ...
KS 1.3 mi Crushed Stone
Situated along the eastern shore of Augusta Lake, the Augusta Pedestrian & Bicycle Path serves as the primary trail for the community of Augusta, Kansas. The trail connects residences to the east and south ...
KS 1.3 mi Concrete
Paralleling Blackbob Road through the community of Olathe, just outside of Kansas City, the Blackbob Road Trail is a great opportunity for local trail users. The path connects nearby homes to schools, ...
KS 4 mi Concrete
Blackfish Parkway Trail lies in the southwestern corner of Shawnee, a suburb of Kansas City. Although the trail follows a major roadway, much of the route is lined with mature trees and nice homes. Along ...
KS 1.5 mi Concrete
The Blue River Rail Trail meanders along the course of the Big Blue River, in places meeting the water's edge and in other places straying from its banks. The rail-trail stretches between Marysville and ...
KS 11.7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park runs from 11th to 23rd streets along an abandoned rail corridor just west of Haskell Avenue in Lawrence, Kansas. The trail was made possible through the work of ...
KS 1.7 mi Concrete
The 4.9-mile Canal Hike and Bike Trail runs underneath and alongside the I-135 Canal Route, starting at E. 17th Street N. (at McAdams Park) and heading south to Stafford Street (just north of Pawnee). ...
KS 4.9 mi Asphalt
The Center Street Trail is little more than a sidepath paralleling N. Center Street in the community of Gardner. The trail provides recreation and transportation opportunities to the residents of North ...
KS 0.5 mi Concrete
The Clinton Parkway Trail parallels Clinton Parkway on the southwest side of Lawrence, Kansas. The trail provides access for nearby residents to a number of community facilities and commercial centers. ...
KS 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Located within the Cimarron National Grassland, the Companion to the Santa Fe Trail parallels a portion of the original Santa Fe Trail. The vital 19th century transportation route granted passage to early ...
KS 18 mi Dirt
Topeka's Deer Creek Trail follows the eponymous waterway for more than a mile through the eastern part of the city. Just south of where Deer Creek meets Shunganunga Creek, the trail turns west, ultimately ...
KS 2 mi Concrete
The Eastbrooke Trail forms a useful link between the city of Olathe's 133rd Street Path and the lengthy regional backbone, the Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail. This paved, short trail serves as a nice additional ...
KS 1.9 mi Asphalt
The El Dorado Bike Trail was built in two phases, with a portion of the older, northern segment occupying a former railroad bed. The trail winds through El Dorado, offering safe and enjoyable entertainment ...
KS 3.8 mi Concrete
The Flint Hills Nature Trail runs for 117 miles (east-west) across northeast Kansas, linking six counties and dozens of towns between Osawatomie and Herington. The rail-trail is the 7th longest in the ...
KS 117 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Gardner Greenway Corridor is a paved trail connecting Winwood Park and Brookside Park in Gardner, Kansas. The trail runs through open space alongside dense woodlands within the two parks. The pathway ...
KS 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Gardner Road Trail parallels S. Gardner Road on the southern side of Gardner, Kansas. The sidepath travels through a low density suburban community and connects residences with parks and religious ...
KS 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail along the linear Mill Creek Streamway Park parallels an active rail line for about 6 miles of its length at its southern end. The trail runs for 17 miles from ...
KS 17 mi Asphalt
The Great Bend Levee Trail runs atop the flood control levee on the north bank of the Arkansas River on the edge of Great Bend. Users will encounter rural, suburban and industrial environments over the ...
KS 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Gypsum Creek Bike Path runs for 6.5 miles along its namesake creek between Towne East Square at Douglas and Turnpike Drive. The trail parallels I-35 between Cottonwood Park and Plainview Park. The ...
KS 6.5 mi Asphalt
http://www.traillink.com/trail/burroughs-creek-trail-and-linear-park.aspxThe Haskell Rail-Trail, billed as the ‘first operational rail-trail in Kansas’, spans the eastern edge of the campus of Haskell ...
KS 1.06 mi Concrete
The Haysville Hike and Bike Path is a system of trails and sidepaths located in the Wichita suburb of Haysville. The system connects many of the important amenities of this community, including schools, ...
KS 4.2 mi Concrete
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 ...
KS, MO 26 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Jim P. Martinez Sunflower Trail follows the bank of the Arkansas River and Cow Creek in Hutchinson, Kansas. The trail provides useful connections to residential and commercial areas, as well as parks ...
KS 6.8 mi Asphalt
The K-96 Bicycle Path runs for 8 miles along the K-96 bypass, from the intersection of 127th Street East and Central Avenue to N. Oliver Avenue. A newer trail, the McAdams Bike Path—which leads to the ...
KS 8 mi Asphalt
Lackman Road Path begins across from Swarner Park, where you'll find a number of recreational amenities, including sports fields, a playground, fishing pond, and skate park. From there, you head south ...
KS 1.5 mi Concrete
Lake Shawnee opened in 1939 as a project of the Works Progress Administration and has been providing the residents and visitors of Topeka with a host of recreational opportunities since that time. A recent ...
KS 6.6 mi Concrete
When complete, the Landon Nature Trail will follow a 40-mile corridor of the former Missouri Pacific Railroad, running between Topeka and an intersection with the 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail west ...
KS 12.1 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Located along the north bank of the Kansas River, the Lawrence Levee Trail runs along the top of the flood-control levee on the outskirts of Lawrence. The trail offers views of nearby farmland and the ...
KS 9.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Little Mill Creek Trail offers a pleasant, woodsy route through Lenexa, about 14 miles southwest of Kansas City. The trail begins at Blackfish Parkway (along which you can hop on the Blackfish Parkway ...
KS 2.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Paralleling W. Madison Street, the Madison Street Trail is a sidepath that provides access between nearby residences and public facilities. Gardner Edgerton High School is located near the western end ...
KS 1 mi Asphalt
Winding nearly two miles through suburban Olathe, the Mahaffie Creek Trail offers connections to the beautiful Mill Creek Streamway Park, schools and the city's northern neighborhoods. Much of the route ...
KS 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Manhattan Linear Park Trail will eventually circle the city of Manhattan, Kansas, but as of early 2012, the trail was 9 miles long and forms ring about two-thirds of the way around. The trail surface ...
KS 9.4 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Marquette Pioneer Trail in tiny Marquette, Kansas, opened for use in 2013. The trail, which is surfaced with asphalt millings, primarily occupies a former railroad corridor spanning the town’s width, ...
KS 2.8 mi Crushed Stone
Maurer Road Path parallels its namesake roadway for just over a mile in the city of Shawnee on the outskirts of Kansas City. The north-south route connects residential and shopping areas and, at its southern ...
KS 1.6 mi Concrete
The McAdams Bike Path, so named because it leads to the northern edge of McAdams Park, provides an important connection between two other popular trails: the K-96 Bicycle Path and the Canal Hike and Bike ...
KS 5.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Meadowlark Trail in Kansas is a work in progress along a former Union Pacific railroad corridor stretching for 12.6 miles between the cities of McPherson and Lindsborg. The corridor was railbanked ...
KS 7.6 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
Midland Drive Path offers a paved mile-long east-west route paralleling the southern side of its namesake roadway through the city of Shawnee. Views are a mix of commercial and residential areas. At ...
KS 1 mi Concrete
Wichita's Midtown Bike Path is a short stretch of paved path that cuts diagonally across the city’s Midtown neighborhood on a former Missouri Pacific Railroad corridor. The trail features Victorian-style ...
KS 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 Monticello Road Path offers a paved north-south route through Shawnee on the western outskirts of Kansas City. It connects shopping areas, housing subdivisions and schools. At the north end of the ...
KS 1.4 mi Concrete
The Nall Avenue Path is a paved sidepath along Nall Avenue, its namesake. The path offers connections to the residents of the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, providing access to apartments, houses ...
KS 3.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Olathe Heritage Trail provides an off-road connection between two popular local parks, making this a surprisingly useful and rather scenic trail considering its length and suburban surroundings. The ...
KS 2.3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, 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 trail ...
KS 51.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Though it exists in three disconnected sections, the Prairie Star Parkway Path is an excellent resource for the western side of the suburban community of Lenexa. The asphalt trail is a sidepath to the ...
KS 4.7 mi Asphalt
The Prairie Sunset Trail is located west of Wichita and runs between S. 295th Street in Garden Plain and S. Maize Rd. The trail is arrow-straight, occupying a portion of the old rail bed that once carried ...
KS 8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Redbud Trail in northeastern Wichita is built along the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail corridor. Along the 2.5-mile route, the trail passes city parks, employment hubs, and the Wichita State ...
KS 2.5 mi Concrete
The Riverfront Heritage Trail meanders through Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas–Missouri border. The 15-mile trail links historic neighborhoods, parks and the riverfront. It also serves as the hub ...
KS, MO 15 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Located in Junction City (about two hours west of Kansas City), the Riverwalk Trail winds along the north bank of the Republican River for nearly five miles between Fort Riley and Milford Dam. The crushed-limestone ...
KS 4.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Rolling Ridge Trail winds through the city of Olathe on the southwestern outskirts of Kansas City. At its northern end, the paved route provides access to Prairie Center Park, a 75-acre recreational ...
KS 2.3 mi Asphalt
The S. Lawrence Trafficway Trail loosely follows the S. Lawrence Trafficway—also known as State Route 10—on the outskirts of the city of Lawrence. The trail passes by new residential developments, parks ...
KS 9.1 mi Concrete
Situated within Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa, the SMP Paved Trail offers a pleasant way for park visitors to experience the surrounding beauty without their car. The trail provides access to many of ...
KS 2 mi Asphalt
The Salina Levee Trail traverses the flood control levee along the west bank of the Smoky Hill River in Salina. The trail connects to parks, including the sprawling Bill Burke Sports Complex, as well as ...
KS 4.8 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Despite its name, the Sedgwick County Zoo and Park Path makes several different loops throughout the park, totaling 8.9 miles, and doesn't really incorporate the zoo itself, except for going around its ...
KS 8.9 mi Asphalt
The Shawnee Mission Parkway Trail runs for 2 miles along the south side of the roadway. While not scenic, the paved route offers connections to restaurants, shops, and offices in Merriam, a southwestern ...
KS 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Traversing the city of Topeka through a stream valley, the Shunga Trail provides an important connection between residents and community features such as parks, medical facilities, government buildings, ...
KS 7.63 mi Concrete
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 trail ...
KS 6.5 mi Crushed Stone
Caution: In early May 2014, a severe thunderstorm caused the derailment of the train paralleling the Sunflower Santa Fe Trail. The one-mile stretch of trail on the west side of Galva was damaged as a result. ...
KS 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Switzer Road Trail parallels Switzer Road in Overland Park. The sidepath connects to the 133rd Street Path, 143rd Street Path, 151st Street Path and Tomahawk Creek Trail, making it an important artery ...
KS 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Talley Trail travels east-west, covering nearly the entire distance of Garden City in which it is located. Beginning near the Garden City Community College, the path goes up the city street before ...
KS 3.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Tomahawk Creek Trail follows its namesake waterway through the Kansas City suburbs of Overland Park and Leawood. The trail provides access for the thousands of nearby residents to a number of commercial ...
KS 12.7 mi Asphalt
Paralleling Turkey Creek from the Waterfall Park north of Kansas City for 10 miles south to downtown Kansas City, the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail provides useful connections to a number of community features. ...
KS 10 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Situated within the Cimarron National Grassland, the Turkey Trail provides a unique outdoor recreational experience. The trail, along with the nearby Companion to the Santa Fe Trail, offer wonderful mountain ...
KS 10.5 mi Dirt
The Valkommen Trail runs for 2.5 miles along an abandoned section of the old Missouri-Pacific and Union Pacific rail beds. The trail features a renovated railroad bridge and is a popular trail for families. ...
KS 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Passing through the suburban community of Olathe, the W. Santa Fe Street Path is a sidepath that parallels W. Santa Fe Street. The path connects residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, religious ...
KS 2.3 mi Concrete
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
The Whistle Stop Park meanders through Elkhart, Kansas, a community just north of the Oklahoma border. The path occupies a 23.5-acre slice of land between an active rail line and US 56. Because the ...
KS 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Zoo Boulevard Path runs along the diagonal Zoo Boulevard for 1.5 miles between Windmill Road and Central Avenue, where the trail heads ude east to the Arkansas River, joining the Arkansas River Bicycle ...
KS 1.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Landon Nature Trail

Nice Trail

January, 2017 by whitedoyle

I got on the trail where it intersects 89th street. There is not a really good place to park. I ran toward Topeka and crossed several roads that had better spots to park.

The website for the Rails to Trails says the part that head south was closed to public, but it looks like it is now open.

Flint Hills Nature Trail

Not bad

January, 2017 by whitedoyle

I ran a short out and back--getting on the trail near 7th and Lincoln in Ottawa. It was a bit muddy in a few places, but otherwise not too bad. They had just replaced one of the bridges and looked like they were going to add side rails. I crossed two other bridges with no sides. The portion I was on looked like it might have some shade in the summer.

Gardner Greenway Corridor

nice stroll again

November, 2016 by dan.allen.50552

We were back in area again and walked this trail again. Still a good little walk¿¿

Accordion

Riverfront Heritage Trail

Nice trail but did I miss some directions

November, 2016 by jwneulinger

We got on the trail at the Riverfront Park and headed west. It's a great trail. We had not gone very far when the trail ended at a tall set of stairs that we would have had to climb with our bikes. No way.There is an elevator but no way to operate it. Is there no other way to continue west?

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

Flint Hills Nature Trail

Bikepacking east from Admire to Pomona Lake & back

October, 2016 by a.q.jones

My wife and I did a S24O (sub-24-hour-overnighter) from Admire to Pomona Lake and back (~30 miles one-way - 60 miles round-trip) over Columbus Day weekend 2016. We stayed at Vassar State Park which has a nice shower house with running water, plumbing, electricity, and a laundromat. It is also right on the lake. Osage City is a nice midpoint stop over with a nearby Casey's and Sonic just a block or two off of the trail.

I would recommend diverting to the south of the trail a block or two in Osage City due to the active railroad, an unmaintained bridge, and an apparent private property dispute/temper-tantrum. The active railroad is the only signed feature, and that's with a do-not-pass barricade and sign. The railroad that crosses the trail is NOT at-grade, and will require an exceptionally expertly-timed bunny hop in loose ballast or a dismount and lift.

I rode a Surly Big Dummy with 26"x2.15+" width tires and my wife rode a Salsa Vaya with 700x40mm tires. We both had flats, although mine may have been due to an improperly tightened valve stem. Hers may have been a pinch flat, as there was no evident thorn or debris nearby or caught in the tire.

This segment of the trail (Admire to Pomona Lake) looks to have had limestone screenings laid down at some point in the past, but does not experience enough travel to keep the grass down. The trail is bumpy and muddy with loose ballast, pot holes, and washouts in sections. There are a few low-hanging branches to dodge, also.

All this being said, my wife and I rode the trail with one longtail bike plus rider plus camping equipment probably verging on 280-300 lbs mark, while my wife was on somewhat narrow 40mm wide tires with her camping gear, and we only had to dismount once due to a broad and deep mud hole.

If you're used to riding perfectly groomed limestone trails, or asphalt and concrete and don't know how to change a flat and aren't used to riding 10-15 miles on gravel and/or minimum maintenance roads, and can't carry more than a couple of water bottles, this portion may not be for you.

If you regularly mountain bike or ride gravel, and know how to change a tube, and are prepared to NOT have water spigots every 2-5 miles, this is a fun segment, particularly for a quick bikepacking overnighter. . .

Pomona Lake's Vassar State Park is close to the trail and has a laundromat and showerhouse with plumbing and electricity and a motel and restaurant nearby.

Osage City is right on the trail with a Casey's and Sonic in plain view at one intersection.

Run tubeless or with tire liners. Have a hand tire pump handy.

Pack extra water. . .Osage City (~15 miles) is the first place with clean water access between Admire and Pomona Lake that would appear to be readily and regularly handy unless you want to knock on doors.

Tomahawk Creek Trail

A favorite already

October, 2016 by tparty

We just moved into the area and rode this trail on Saturday 10/1/16. It's a lovely trail, cutting through small areas of trees, foliage and creeks. It has many exits onto streets. It appears there are areas that flood, be aware if you are cycling/walking after heavy rain.

Meadowlark Trail

Quality Trail that needs completion

September, 2016 by mheidric

On September 15, 2016 I rode both parts of the trail from Lindsborg south and from McPherson north on a Cyclocross bike and found the trial in great shape especially on the Lindsborg side. The ride from the Lindsborg trail head is a beautiful one with lots of shade and from McPherson a wonderful ride through mostly farm land with lots of sunflowers along the trail. There is some crop waste on much of the trial on the McPherson side but nothing that caused any problems to ride or walk through. While it is a shame there is a 5 mile piece missing in the middle of the trail it is a short jog from the trail ends to old US 81 highway so a nice 12.5 mile ride one way is still available.

K-96 Bicycle Path

K-96 Bike Path is a great trail!

September, 2016 by jpwesley

I rode the entire trail this evening from Central Ave to N Oliver Ave and back. This trial is really great! Not too much elevation change since Kansas is flat, but there were a few spots that had some incline that made the legs burn a bit. The asphalt and concrete trail surface is in good shape. The only "bad" spot was a mile or so stretch just west of Cabelas outdoor store. The asphalt surface was a little uneven in a few spots but not bad at all. The places where you cross busy intersections have crosswalks and lights so that wasn't an issue. I rode in the evening after business hours so the parking lot entrances you cross on Cypress Dr and E 32nd weren't an issue. I'm guessing they might be earlier in the day. All in all a great trail!

Blue River Rail Trail

Pleasant ride to Nebraska

September, 2016 by angusmcpherr

Rode from Marysville to Barneston, NE (so, 3 miles on the Chief Standing Bear trail) and back on Labor Day. Trail is in excellent shape. Great scenery; lots of turkey, a couple deer, friendly people.

Blue River Rail Trail

Marysville to Lincoln

August, 2016 by fdowell

Rode this trail from Marysville to the north side of Lincoln last Saturday (8/27/16). It was great! 85 miles of mostly tree-lined trails. Saw lots of deer, turkey, coyotes, and quail. Hardly saw another person, except for a few people close to Beatrice and Lincoln. There are few towns, especially between Marysville and Beatrice, so you need to be self supported. It is a fairly smooth trail, but I would only use puncture resistant, self-sealing tires since you will be a long way from help if you can't fix a flat or have problems. The new trail from the Nebraska line to Beatrice have nice trailheads with water and bathrooms that are just being completed.

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