Trails Near Emporia, KS

Cedar Crest Trail; Maclennan Park

Cedar Crest Trail; MacLennan Park is a 2.7 mile loop trail located near Topeka, Kansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.


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  • 2.7 miles
  • Topeka, KS

Prairie Spirit Rail Trail

The 51-mile Prairie Spirit Trail is a rail to trail multi-use trail that passes through rural Kansas communities. Beginning from north at Ottawa, Kansas., or from the south at Iola, Kansas. There are three other trail heads in between these two cities.


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  • 51 miles
  • Ottawa, KS

Prairie Spirit Trail

The Prairie Spirit Trail in Kansas is hard-packed limestone and suitable for bicycles as well as wheelchairs. Some of the trail is asphalt (within city limits), which allows for inline skaters. The trail is open during daylight hours; special permits may be obtained for group night rides or other events. Now over 50 miles long, the trail runs from Ottawa to Iola, offering plenty of recreation and enjoyment for birdwatchers, cyclists, walkers, joggers and anyone with a desire to explore the heartland—the spirit—of Kansas.


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  • 51.3 miles
  • Iola, KS

River Walk

The Riverwalk Trail is a cooperative agreement among the Junction City Parks & Recreation Dept., the Fort Riley Army Base, and the Corps of Engineers. The 4.8-mile trail has two trailheads, one is located off of Trooper Drive on Fort Riley and the other trailhead is in Outlet Park, a Corps of Engine


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  • 4.8 miles
  • Junction City, KS

Southwind Rail Trail

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.


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  • 6.5 miles
  • Iola, KS


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