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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.
DandETravelers: we travel with two small dogs, so nice walking trails are wonderfully. Really enjoyed 6.77 miles of this trail today.
Went longboarding on the Indian Creek Trail with my Son last Wednesday. He had already been on the trail so we had no problems getting from the Parking lot near Olathe East High School to Chipoltle on College in Overland Park, KS.
It had rained the night before so there was some debris on the path that rising water had left. There was also some mud under a couple overpasses and broken branches in various places.
We walked the blind curves to avoid running into bike riders. Bikes can sneak up on you as they don't make any noise.
We'll explore the South Western part of the Trail next to see what it looks like.
My wife and I ride this trail several times a week. It is fairly well maintained asphalt with wooden bridges. During cooler temperatures, the bridges will ice over before the trail does, so be careful on cold mornings. Best time to use this trail is early morning, as it's mostly commuters and the occasional walker/jogger. Everyone is typically pleasant and will return your greeting. Later in the day, the trail is jammed with families, pets, and strollers, which is nice but they don't understand trail etiquette and can be difficult to safely pass.
My only negative comment about the trail is the mud. There are sections of the trail, especially around overpasses, where during heavy rains mud covers the trail. My wife went down pretty hard on one of these sections. Some sections will also have standing water, days after a rain. If they could concentrate on those sections and work out the drainage, this trail would be perfect! It certainly beats taking your chances with cars on the surface streets for commuters like me.
Is there anywhere to park at the entrance off Bannister?
Rode the Indian Creek trail and got on the Tomahawk Creek trail by mistake but both were excellent. Winds along the creek, great opportunity for pictures. Signage could be better. One of the prettiest trails yet in my quest to ride in all 50 States.
This trail seems to be a lot of small neighborhood/city parks with connectors to each other and connectors to city streets. The signs are not good at all, and in a 1:15 ride I only got 14 miles because of all the backtracking.
I parked at 3 trails center on Holmes and 99th and headed west. At the soccer complex, (previous commenter said they crossed the field to stay on trail), when you come to the fork stay to the left, then turn left to get back to the trail instead of going straight. There is no sign.
When the path ends at the street corner at Suburban Lawn and Garden, turn right and it starts again after the bridge that you cross under. There is no sign.
You immediately come to a small park with a loop track. Fork left onto the track and turn left off of the track to get back onto the trail. There is no sign.
When you cross under the next bridge you can stay on the trail or cross and go on the other side of creek. If you stay straight you will come out in a neighborhood with a sign that says trail starts 600 feet ahead with an arrow pointing into the neighborhood. It should point to the left, past the run down tennis courts.
103rd and Lowell to roe has several hills which are challenging for senior riders.
I love this trail! I've biked it from Leawood park to the end in Olathe and back dozens of times, and it's such a nice trail, so much beautiful scenery, friendly people everywhere. Gets crowded on weekend mornings when the weather is nice. I finally rode east of Leawood park this morning to the end at Blue River rd., and was so taken away by the beauty of all the nature! Despite amazing weather, it was nearly empty. Surprising, considering how nice it is!
One thing that piqued my interest was this random stone dwelling near the end of of the trail near the blue river. My biking companion and I climbed down to explore it and found it rather intriguing. Decaying a bit, looked abandoned for ages, and had a bit of ornate sculpture work inside, appeared it'd once had a water fountain...? Does anyone have any information about this? It left me so curious!
To me the bike trails in Kansas City are one of the highlights of this city, well actually Johnson County, KS. Get a good free map as many of these trails are interconnected!
Either running or riding, this trail is a great trail. I have rode the entire length of the trail and run a portion of it several times each week. It runs besides the creek almost the entire way and is really great for the fall colors. It weaves in and out of the wooded areas and through several parks. There are parks with water stops all along the way and just a few hills. Folks on the trail are friendly and courteous. I have seen police on bikes on the trail several times, so you feel secure.
Awesome walk, only taken this from Lydia to Wornal and back and it was dark, but can't wait to go back during daylight!!! Beautiful, clean. Wouldn't walk it by myself, but in a group had no problem whatsoever
The Indian Creek trail is beautiful. I just rode it for the first time the other day and loved it, except for the fact that there are so many places to get sidetracked. First, there are a few detours that are very inadequately marked. At one point I could not figure out a way to get back on the trail, so had to cut across a soccer field. Even without the detours, there was very little signage indicating which was the main path when there was a split. I was very frustrated because I enjoyed the riding, but don't know if I would go on it again.
A favorite place to jog.
This trail makes it easy to forget you're in a city. Sure, you can see some homes from portions of the trail, but overall it feels like you're in a beautiful woods! What a rarity ... I've lived in a number of large cities and have not come across any trail which is both accessible from many locations and which is also peaceful.
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