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