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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 to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. Trail users are advised not to travel on this unpaved section until the trail has been officially reopened; please consult with local trail managers for the latest updates before planning your trip.
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 of Pomona in Osage County. The trail currently stretches from the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka to 89th Street, southeast of the community of Berryton.
The northern 4.5 miles of trail within Topeka’s city limits have been improved with a smooth concrete surface. An interchange with the popular Shunga Trail along this portion allows for a longer trip west through southern Topeka. The Landon Nature Trail’s remaining miles through rural Shawnee County have a crushed-stone surface, although the trail gets increasingly rougher south of SE 61st Street.
Eventually, the complete 40-mile trail will pass by waterfalls, wetlands, tallgrass prairies and oak-hickory forests, connecting Topeka's parks with the Clinton Wildlife Area, the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and Michigan Valley Park at Pomona Lake.
Parking for the Landon Nature Trail can be found in Topeka at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site parking lot between SE 15th Street and SE 17th Street. Farther south, parking is available in a dedicated lot on SE 53rd Street, just west of SE Adams Street. More parking locations will be constructed as the trail is developed.
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