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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 of three legacy lines: The Missouri Pacific, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) and the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe.
In addition, there are about 12 miles of single track mountain biking trails winding through-out the property. Riders will be treated to a variety of landscapes, including rocky bluffs, elevated lake views, fields of native wildflowers and grasses, forests, and wetlands. A picture perfect sunset is the reward at the end of a long day out on the trails.
In April 2023, the Lehigh Portland Trails State Park was established as Kansas' 28th state park. The park has an 138-acre lake, diverse landscapes, and almost 15 miles of gravel and natural surface trails.
Lehigh Portland Trails State Park has parking available. The Eastern Trailhead is located at 1600th and Nebraska Road, and features a gravel parking lot. The Western Trailhead is adjacent to Elm Creek Park South, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Elm Creek. Parking is available along Washington Avenue.
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