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This multiuse trail invites lake visitors to walk, run or ride along Longview Lake. The reservoir was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers for the triple purposes of flood control, conservation and recreation. Longview Lake is popular for its ample activity offerings both on and off the water.
The trail traces the west shoreline of Longview Lake, beginning from Shelter 14 and winding south up to Shelter 9, providing access to all the shelters in between. It's a wide, flat trail surfaced with a crushed limestone aggregate that's easier on runners' joints than pavement (although there is concrete in parts). The trail is a good 6.5 miles from end-to-end, and at its south end provides access to Grandview's trails.
The main trailhead can be found at the north end of the trailhead, Shelter 14. (9898 Longview Rd, Kansas City, MO). Note that each shelter is accompanied by parking, so there are actually plenty of options (see map for details).
We just bought new bikes and wanted to ride a local trail and chose Longview lake. It was well maintained and was an easy ride and not too challenging at all.
The trail was well maintained and was perfect for beginners like us. It was flat enough to enjoy on a 90 degree day and not die.
This trail features some nice scenery. However, the gravel on this trail can be a little treacherous in my opinion. I was riding 35c Panaracer Gravelking tires, intended for gravel, and I had to keep my speed under 10 mph. I felt that speeds above that were not safe.
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