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When complete, the Landon Trail will follow a 40-mile corridor of the former Missouri Pacific Railroad, running between Topeka and an intersection with the 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail west of Pomona in Osage County. The trail currently exists in two sections, with one from downtown Topeka to Richland and the second stretching south from Overbrook.
When completed, the trail will connect the Oregon National Historic Trail and the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
The northern 4.5 miles of trail within Topeka’s city limits have been improved with a smooth concrete surface. An interchange with the popular Shunga Trail along this portion allows for a longer trip west through southern Topeka. The Landon Trail’s remaining miles through rural Shawnee County have a crushed-stone surface, although the trail gets increasingly rougher south of SE 61st Street.
Eventually, the trail passes by waterfalls, wetlands, tallgrass prairies and oak-hickory forests and currently connects Topeka's parks with the Clinton Wildlife Area and other scenic beauty.
Parking for the Landon Trail can be found in Topeka at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site parking lot between SE 15th Street and SE 17th Street. Farther south, parking is available in a dedicated lot on SE 53rd Street, just west of SE Adams Street.
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