Redbud Trail

Kansas

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Redbud Trail Facts

States: Kansas
Counties: Sedgwick
Length: 11.5 miles
Trail end points: 80th St. and Perry Creek Road (Andover) and I-135 west of N. Minneapolis St. (Wichita)
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7453194
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Redbud Trail Description

The Redbud rail-trail takes users on a journey via the former BNSF railway corridor that slices right through downtown. The railroad was once the lifeblood of this town, and many in the region. It was used to export local agricultural commodities like hat and livestock, and bring in manufactured goods. The corridor was remade into a linear park, with a 10-foot wide trail for walking, jogging, biking, dog-walking and other non-motorized uses.

 Beginning from the western end, the park passes by residential areas, churches, and parks up to East 17th Street, close to Wichita State University. It then heads directly east until it gets to Andover, where it bends south a little. Crossings are at-grade and are frequent along this stretch, occurring every mile or so. The trail is paved for the first 6 miles, while the rest is surfaced with gravel. The Redbud Trail intersects with the K-96 Bicycle Path which in turn links to the McAdams Bike Path as well as other Wichita trails.

A 10-mile eastward extension was recently completed. Continuing on the former railbed, the extension, also known as the Andover-Augusta Rail-Trail, has a crushed limestone surface. It ends at US 54 in Augusta.

 

Parking and Trail Access

There are 3 trailheads, marked by distinctive steel arches. The trailheads, known as pause points, feature amenities such as benches, signage, and parking.

Trailheads can be found at:

  • 9th & Hillside, near Wesley Medical Center,
  • 13th & Roosevelt, near the MacDonald Golf Course
  • 17th & Oliver, just south of Wichita State University

Additional parking can be found in the following locations (from west to east):

  • 702 N Hydraulic Ave
  • Between North Hillside and North Holyoke streets 
  • Andover Road Middle School (Andover)

 

Redbud Trail Reviews

I am not sure where this path starts to the west. I took an unmarked bike path from 135 to the RedBud trail a few miles away. It is paved and out of the way - which makes it nice for riding. But at one point the paved trail stops and a gravel portion starts. The gravel portion is blocked off making it look like it is closed. The gravel portion was ok. The gravel can be a bit loose and thick. I was riding 700x41 Knards and would not like to be on smaller tires. I wanted to really love this path BUT the constant road crossings was horrible. One intersection took me probably close to 5 minutes to cross - HORRIBLE. The street crossing are abundant and really made me dislike this trail (out east). The trails were also roped off so you had to stop and lift your bike over them - at least I had to. Parts of the trail were very nice but I gave up due to the street crossings. It was nice that this path crossed the K96 path which allowed me to connect trails and get in a 30 mile ride. Like the previous review, I hope they leave it gravel instead of concrete. Crushed limestone would be best and cheaper... Wichita is trying to provide a better bikeway (Bike, Hike, Walk) and this is a good start on the west end.

Great trail, it is now paved all the way to Woodlawn. East of Woodlawn it is gravel all the way to Andover. Its a great gravel-bike ride, I hope they keep it gravel and do not pave it all.

Nice ride with a fine picnic spot!

Accordion

I walked the first .75 mile starting near the I-135 bridge. Not much shade on this part of the trail. I got out there later than planned so I didn't walk as far as I wanted due to the heat.
The road crossings mentioned in the other review have been completed, at least on the section I walked.
I'm looking forward to walking the rest at some point.

Path is not yet finished. It is mostly paved with the exception of the road crossings where it is still gravel/ballast.

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