Southwind Rail Trail

Kansas

Southwind Rail Trail Facts

States: Kansas
Counties: Allen
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: W. Bruner St. just west of S. State St. at Prairie Spirit Rail-Trail (Iola) and Hawaii Rd./SR 224 west of Cemetery Rd. (Humboldt)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015886
Trail activities: Bike, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Southwind Rail Trail Description

The Southwind Rail Trail opened in 2013 for recreation and active transportation use on a converted railroad corridor stretching between the small southeast Kansas cities of Iola and Humboldt. The trail is essentially a southern extension of the 51-mile Prairie Spirit Trail, which travels through Iola and a rural landscape farther north to the city of Ottawa.

The trail begins at Iola's Riverside Park, which features baseball fields and a swimming pool. Shortly thereafter, the trail crosses Elm Creek on a restored railroad trestle. The rest of the journey to the outskirts of Humboldt is marked by a landscape of rolling hills and fertile farmland.

The Southwind Rail Trail was developed in large part through the efforts of Thrive Allen County, an active local nonprofit. In a first for Kansas, the local county commission also voted to help maintain and manage the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Southwind Rail Trail can be found in Iola at Riverside Park. The park's large parking lots are located just west of the intersection of S. State Street and W. Vine Street.

Southwind Rail Trail Reviews

We rode this from Riverside Park south for about 3 miles. It is a flat trail that is maintained pretty well. We enjoyed it, but it was right at sundown so we couldn't go any farther..

This is an amazing trail. VERY WELL maintained and very easy to ride. My friends and I rode this trail last week from Humbolt to Iola and from there rode the Prairie Spirit Trail on up to Colony where we had lunch. Then we rode back to Humbolt. I was so impressed, and it was so beautiful with the tree canopies and the big bridge. I am planning on coming back and bringing my husband so he can experience this beautiful trail too. I would give this trail 10 stars if I could.

I ran this trail yesterday and it was a good 1 hour round trip. It's well maintained; I did it using a gravel-oriented road bike (32 mm tires) and had no problems. It's scenic, with fields, forests, and streams, and abandoned railroad signal boxes. There is parking at both ends.

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I live in Iola and use this trail several times a week. Maintained very well.

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