Tomahawk Creek Trail


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Tomahawk Creek Trail Facts

States: Kansas
Counties: Johnson
Length: 12.7 miles
Trail end points: Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail at College Blvd. and Tomahawk Creek Pkwy. (Leawood) and Pflumm Rd. just north of W. 143rd St. (Overland Park)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6503503
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Tomahawk Creek Trail Description

The Tomahawk Creek Trail follows its namesake waterway through the Kansas City suburbs of Overland Park and Leawood. The trail provides access for the thousands of nearby residents to a number of commercial centers as well as athletic fields, parks and two golf courses. Much of the trail’s route is heavily wooded, offering a peaceful respite from daily life in the surrounding nature.

The trail also connects to a number of sidepaths, expanding access to the recreational amenity for even more residents. The Switzer Road Trail, 133rd Street Path and Nall Avenue Path link directly to the Tomahawk Creek Trail at the corresponding roads. At its northern end, the trail also meets the popular Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Tomahawk Creek Trail is available in Leawood at Tomahawk Park off W. 119th Street and I-Lan Park off Nall Avenue. In Overland Park, park at Nottingham South Park off Antioch Road.

Tomahawk Creek Trail Reviews

We went on a busy Sunday afternoon and found friendly people and plenty of cool dogs to pet. The trial is well maintained and features views of woods, a quiet creek, and slices of urban life. Great place for a walk.

This is such a beautiful trail. Look out for the "tour de france" trainers. There is no yielding to pedestrians, those pushing strollers, walking toddlers. This is a strictly fast bicycle trail. It has been so for a few years. I recommend separate hours for bicycles and for pedestrians before there is an accident.

We just moved into the area and rode this trail on Saturday 10/1/16. It's a lovely trail, cutting through small areas of trees, foliage and creeks. It has many exits onto streets. It appears there are areas that flood, be aware if you are cycling/walking after heavy rain.


Great paved trail with lots of nature and shaded areas. There is a bathroom stop near the golf course with clean bathrooms and a water fountain.

We love this trail and ride it at least weekly. Connects to a couple of other trails, the Indian creek in Overland Park and one that heads east into Missouri out of lee park. We often do a loop of about 25 miles without ever leaving the trail. It is well maintained and for the most part pretty bike friendly. It can be very busy at times with walkers, dog owners, joggers and family kiddos so during the obvious busier times like right before or after dinner and on the weekend mornings be extra cautious. Beware too after big rains as some of the under road passes get muddy and surprise you. Overall a great trail and we feel blessed to have it so close.

I consider this trail to be my "home" trail. I can get on the trail within a mile of my house. I ride all the way into Missouri on this trail and the Indian Creek Trail. I think Tomahawk Trail is among the best in Johnson Co.

I ride this trail almost every day, and the only thing preventing it from being five stars in my book is the fact that the pavement is showing some signs of age. There are a few nasty utility cuts in the section just north of Leawood Park and some quick patchwork has made for uneven surfaces in several areas. This is nothing that couldn't be fixed by a good resurfacing, but it seems the trail was much better maintained in the 90s. Having said that, the trail rewards riders and walkers with great views of the creek and I get a good wildlife picture almost every time I ride it. A few days ago I had to slow down for a mom and some kids on bikes while crossing the creek just north of the park and caught a doe getting a cool drink about 25 feet away.

Very easy to get to - and despite being in suburbia, gives you the peaceful feeling of being in nature. Creek-crossing bridges, many trees, wildlife including birds, squirrels, and even a turtle or two resting on rocks in the creek. A few "ponds" to enjoy and nicely paved trail perfect for biking, hiking/walking.

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