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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

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

Coffee Creek Streamway Trail

3.4 mi
State: KS
Asphalt
Accordion

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 Trail State Park

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

Gary L. Haller Trail

17 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

0.78 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

Kill Creek Streamway Trail

7 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

18.4 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Lawrence Levee Trail

9.3 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone

Lehigh Portland Trails

2.25 mi
State: KS
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

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

15 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Railroad Park Bike Path

0.4 mi
State: KS
Concrete

Redbud Trail

15.6 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Riverfront Heritage Trail

8.6 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

Soldier Creek Trail

1.8 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

3.65 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,...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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....
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...
KS 2 mi Concrete
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
KS 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Pedestrians and cyclists alike can take advantage of these 3.4 miles of smooth asphalt trail for exercise in a calm outdoor setting. The trail sits within a greenway along Coffee Creek and winds...
KS 3.4 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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...
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,...
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...
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...
KS 3.8 mi Concrete
In 2018, this 117-mile rail-trail across northeast Kansas officially became a state park. Formally known as the Flint Hills Nature Trail, the trail's new name is Flint Hills Trail State Park. It links...
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...
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 Trail lies within scenic Mill Creek Streamway Park. Although the trail was not built on a former railroad, it parallels an active rail line for about 6 miles of its length at its...
KS 17 mi Asphalt
The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway- South Atchison Trail is a 1.5-mile concrete recreation path along the iconic road as it cuts through the southern half of Atchison. The trail parallels the byway/US-75...
KS 1.5 mi Concrete
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...
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
The Haskell Rail-Trail, billed as the ‘first operational rail-trail in Kansas’, spans the eastern edge of the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence. In the north, the trail connects...
KS 0.78 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...
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...
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...
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
The Kill Creek Streamway Trail exists in 2 segments: the northern segment begins near Lexington Avenue in De Sort and winds south of 95th along Kill Creek. The southern segment picks up in Kill Creek...
KS 7 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...
KS 6.6 mi Concrete
Closure Notice: As of May 2021, a segment of the trail in southern Topeka between SW 33rd Street and SW 37th Street is closed due to replacement of an adjacent railroad bridge, with no official detour...
KS 18.4 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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Located in Shawnee, a suburb of Kansas City, the Midland Drive Path offers a paved mile-long east-west route paralleling the southern side of its namesake roadway through the city. Views are a mix of...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
KS 2.3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Spanning 51 miles, the Prairie Spirit Trail State Park runs from Ottawa to Iola, offering plenty of recreation and enjoyment for birdwatchers, cyclists, walkers, joggers and anyone with a desire to...
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.Hoover Rd.  The trail is pretty straight, occupying a portion of the old rail bed that once...
KS 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Railroad Park is a linear park in the heart of Newton, Kansas. The greenway, with its concrete multipurpose path, parallel active BNSF railroad tracks. There are benches placed alongside the trail,...
KS 0.4 mi Concrete
The Redbud Trail takes users on a journey via the former BNSF railway corridor that slices right through downtown Wichita and its surrounds. The railroad was once the lifeblood of the growing city,...
KS 15.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Riverfront Heritage Trail is located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. This downtown trail showcases the city’s heritage, as well as its continuously redeveloping downtown areas. The trail...
KS, MO 8.6 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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
KS 7.63 mi Concrete
Soldier Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Topeka, Kansas. The concrete trail mimics the course of the stream, winding for 1.8 miles through residential and recreational areas. The eastern...
KS 1.8 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...
KS 6.5 mi Crushed Stone
The vision for the Sunflower Santa Fe Trail is a grand one: 33 miles across a scattering of small cities on the windswept prairie of central Kansas. The heart of the trail lies in Galva, just an hour...
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...
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...
KS 12.7 mi Asphalt
Paralleling Turkey Creek from the Waterfall Park north of Kansas City for nearly four miles south to downtown Kansas City, the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail provides useful connections to a number of...
KS 3.65 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...
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...
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,...
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...
KS 1.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail

Rollerskate friendly...

November, 2021 by m5dbsccdt6

I went tonight for the first time, and some of the trail is better maintained as far as cracks... but, some is also filled with that black sticky seal coat and it can get a little rough.... Still a go to!

Arkansas River Bike Path

Do This One

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Started at south end and rode to the north end, then returned. Switched sides of river a couple times. The trail at each end isn’t as nice as the portion of trail at the middle part of the trail at the “Keeper of the Plains” plaza. The plaza area is very nice with a Veterans Memorial park to see in addition to the Keeper. Plenty of walkers and riders on the trail on a nice Saturday afternoon. Recommend this trail.

Southwind Rail Trail

Worth a Look

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Started the trail at Riverside Park in Iola on the north end of the trail where the Prairie Spirit Trail ends. This is a nicely done trail with compacted finely crush stone surface. It is a wide trail allowing two to ride abreast with ease. As with all railtrails it is flat and straight. There a few old train signal towers along the trail. We didn’t ride the full length. Noted all the trail are some mileage markers, in this section they are numbered in the low 100’s. Not sure the origin point in the north for the mileages.

Accordion

Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail

Short Ride

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Took this spur off the Prairie Spirit Trail. It is a short trail leading to a park. The trail crosses a number of streets, one of them has a lot of traffic. Nothing special about the trail but did encounter a few walkers using it.

Lehigh Portland Trails

Plenty of Choices

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Took this spur off of the Southwind trail and rode a short distance into the trail system. The first portion of the trail has a course gravel surface, good for mountain bikes but not sure others would like so well. Once into the trail system the surface improves. This is a very wooded area with plenty of single track options to explore. If had more time would be worth trying more trails. Signage asks that riders stay off trails after rain, they can get real muddy and torn up.

Riverwalk Trail (KS)

Good One

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Started from south trailhead. Very nice crushed stone path. Large parking area with pit toilet restroom. Parking area could have used a good cleanup. Very trashy. Trail was nice and clean though. Saw a number of walkers/runners within first mile of trail and then no one. The trail zig and zags through the trees and along the river offering views of it on occasion. The trail is on part of Fort Riley and a portion is well marked to stay on trail due to presence of old unexploded ordnance. Not shown on the traillink map but at about 2 mile point the trail splits and then rejoins about a mile later, either direction is nice. One small section has some erosion and caution is needed in that area. Overall nice trail through the trees. Would do this one again.

Prairie Sunset Trail

first gravel trail ride

October, 2021 by john.kf0m

This was our first trail ride and we have ridden two sections with our city commuter type bicycles. Both were nice rides. First section was starting at Hoover Road going west. We found convenient parking at a nearby empty business lot. The trail was an easy smooth ride until we got near maize road where the trail intersects the Air Cap memorial park single track area which was rougher ride and we became completely confused where it comes close to Pawnee Prairie park and lost the trail. We could possibly have taken city streets to continue to Maize road but decided to go back instead. Next time we went out to Goddard KS where there is a very nice city park with convenient parking and rode East. Goddard does a very good job maintaining this section of the trail which was shaded and quiet and more like a ride in the country. We rode 4 miles east and then returned. The gravel was smooth and easy to ride on. However we found out going east on this section is a deceptive gradual down hill slope so the return was more of a struggle going up hill. Hope to return to Goddard again and make it all the way to maize road plus eventually ride west from Goddard on that section. We really enjoyed not having to fight with city traffic on the streets and the related traffic noise. It was a much more relaxing and stress free riding environment.

Shunga Trail

A Tale of Two Trails (Actually one, but . . . )

October, 2021 by thejake91739

We stopped off in Topeka while on our quest to ride ride our bikes in ten different states in sixteen days. Our hotel was right on the trail at Fairlawn, so we jumped on the trail shortly after dawn on a crisp fall morning in October for an out and back ride.

We absolutely loved the first half of the ride through the greenway and parks to Shunga Glen Park and its colorful Rip On skate park. It was serene, peaceful, heavily wooded, and the air was filled with the songs and calls of birds as we passed through parks, nature areas, and charming neighborhoods with more bushy tailed squirrels than I have ever seen before!

The trail is smooth, and the curvy twists and turns add to the enjoyment! It is certainly a trail to be taken slowly, not only to enjoy its beauty, but because of all the locals walking and jogging. They most definitely know what a treasure this first portion is!
FIVE STARS!!

Unfortunately, the trail continues beyond Shunga Glen Park. We forged on past Fillmore at 21st into a business area, crossed Landon Path circle interchange, and into a heavily wooded area which smelled of camp fire smoke. It was at that moment we realized we had not been seeing the walkers or joggers like we had before. Where had all the fine citizens of Topeka out for their morning exercise go? Homeless then began materializing out of the woods, loud arguing could be heard within the trees, articles of clothing and trash were strewn alongside the trail, and a camp full of garbage appeared. It was at that point we didn't feel safe, so we threw in the towel a couple miles from the endpoint and turned around to enjoy the first half a second time!.
ZERO STARS.

It's one trail, but after Fillmore street it might as well be given different names such as:
Shunga Jekyll ~ Beautiful, serene, and a community treasure
Shunga Hyde ~ Scary, sketchy, and makes senior citizens feel unsafe

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Well Done Trail

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Started the trail at Riverside Park in Iola on the south end of the trail where the Southwind Railtrail begins. We rode north for a few miles. The trail surface was mostly paved while in town. At the edge of town the surface changes to the compacted finely crushed stone surface that isn’t much different than the paved surface. This is a wide surface with lots of room to ride two abreast. Nicely done trail. Time permitting worthy of further exploration. Noted all the trail are some mileage markers, in this section they are numbered in the low 100’s. Not sure the origin point in the north for the mileages.

Flint Hills Trail State Park

Small Portion Ridden

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Started the trail at Vasar and rode 11 miles west. The first seven miles were on mostly crushed stone that has been in use for many years. It was nice riding but did have some soft spots from recent rains. The final four miles were on a new trail surface of finely crushed stone, nearly like sand but well compacted making for a very smooth ride. Not exactly like a paved surface but close to it. This portion of trail had many trees along side and is mostly straight with some grade but very little. We enjoyed the ride through the countryside.

Meadowlark Trail

Good Stuff

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Good natural surface with some overgrowth attempting to encroach on the trail. We didn’t ride full length, started at connection with Valkommen trail in Lindsborg. Would be worth riding more, time permitting. Would be nice one trail completed.

Valkommen Trail

Nicely Done

October, 2021 by acewickwire

Nicely done trail with lots of information signs along the trail telling the history of the town and the Swedish folks that settled in the area. Paved and wide trail. South end has a connection to the Meadowlark trail for a more countryside ride. Recommend this trail when in the area. A number of other riders/walkers encountered on the trail, all with a friendly wave and Hi!

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