Trails Near Parsons, KS

Elk River Hiking Trail

The Elk River Hiking Trail is located on the northwest side of Elk City Lake. The trail is a 15 mile point-to-point trail which can be accessed from two main trailheads. Primitive campsites are located all along the length of the trail.

  • 15 miles
  • Elk City, KS

Frisco Greenway Trail

The trail treks through scenic woodlands in an area undergoing rapid residential development. A paved spur in Joplin along Turkey Creek connects the trail to neighborhoods along N. St. Louis Avenue and N. Florida Avenue.

  • 4 miles
  • Joplin, MO

Neosho Bicentenial Trail

Wooded, lots of steep hills, rocks and tree roots. Steep hills and deep hollows. Multi use trail both equestrian and mt. bikes. Directions: two miles south east of Neosho. Take hiway 60 east to hiway HH. Turn south for one quarter mile. Turn right on hiway TT, go south for one mile.

  • 4.5 miles
  • Neosho, MO

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.

  • 51.3 miles
  • Iola, KS

Ruby Jack Trail

The Ruby Jack Trail runs for 16 miles between Carthage, MO, and the Kansas state line. The trail links the towns of Carthage, Oronogo, and Carl Junction, traversing farmland, wetland, and woodland.

  • 16 miles
  • Oronogo, MO

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.

  • 6.5 miles
  • Iola, KS

Thom Station Trail

This 1.5 mile out and 1.5 back trail is part asphalt part crushed gravel, and crosses Center Creek via a wooden bridge. This rail-to-trail project has three trailheads, including two in the Briarbrook subdivision.

  • 1.5 miles
  • Carl Junction, MO

Watco Trail

The Watco Trail, named for the short-line railroad operator headquartered in Pittsburg, stretches diagonally through the Kansas city just west of downtown. The paved trail has 23 road crossings, so trail users should exercise caution. A landscaped trailhead with benches at its northern end provides a pleasant place to relax before or after a trek on the trail.

  • 1 miles
  • Pittsburg, KS

Wildcat Glades Trails

These 7 trails range from 0.36 to 1.0 mile in length and both loop and branch off Shoal Creek, Silver Creek Chert Glade, and Mother Nature's Gap.

  • 3.7 miles
  • Joplin, MO

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