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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 connects to the Prairie Spirit Trail at mile marker 109. The Prairie Spirit Trail spans an impressive 51 miles in total, beginning in Iola and terminating at its southern trailhead in Ottawa, Kansas. The Mo-Pac trail also provides access to the nearby middle and high schools and connects to downtown via the sharrows on Washington Street. The concrete path is 10 feet in width for most of its length, with a three-block portion from Jefferson to Cottonwood Street being a 5-foot path alongside on-street bicycle lanes.
The Mo-Pac Trail is part of a legacy railroad line originally built by the Missouri Pacific Railway Company in the 1880s, The line, which extends both east and west of Iola, roughly paralleling US-54 highway, was abandoned in the 1970s, and was, tragically, not railbanked.
The Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail is located just north of Iola's downtown square, and there is ample parking on the square and in public lots around the square.
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