Redbud Trail

Kansas

Redbud Trail Facts

States: Kansas
Counties: Sedgwick
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Oliver Ave. and E. 17th St. N. and I-135 west of N. Minneapolis St.
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 Trail in northeastern Wichita is built along the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail corridor. Along the 2.5-mile route, the trail passes city parks, employment hubs, and the Wichita State University campus. The trail is planned to one day stretch 11 miles.

Most of the trail is surfaced with concrete, but there is a temporary gravel surface at some sections.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking, drinking fountains, and restrooms can be found in nearby Fairmount Park (1647 N. Yale).

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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