Flint Hills Nature Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Flint Hills Nature Trail is a 91.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Osawatomie, Kansas that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
91.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2326 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

horseback riding

wild flowers

wildlife

The Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches across east-central Kansas, from Osawatomie in the east to Herington in the west, and passes through communities including Rantoul, Ottawa, Pomona, Vassar, Osage City, Miller, Admire, Allen, Bushong, and Council Grove. The trail passes through five counties: Miami, Franklin, Osage, Lyon, and Morris. As its name suggests, the trail crosses the beautiful Flint Hills. The Flint Hills represent one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world. It is home to abundant prairie plant and wildlife species, spectacular views, national historic sites, and a diverse set of recreational areas. The eastern portions of the route travels alongside the Marais Des Cygnes River, between rushing waters and towering bluffs, through rolling farmland and riparian woodlands. The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the seventh-longest rail-trail in America, and the longest trail in Kansas. It follows the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and forms a component of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We rode from council grove to vassar on 8/12/17. There was some work going on and small sections were closed for about the 1st 10 miles. About 1/2 mile east of hwy 75 we ran across a bunch of stickers that cause everyone to get flat tires. We walked the rest of the way to vassar. Which was our destination. Other than that, the trail was in decent condition. 51 miles 731 feet of elevation gain and 902 feet of decent.

mountain biking
5 months ago

It's still a work in progress, but when completed within the next few years, it's going to be magnificent. The views in the Flint Hills are stunning. Along with the Landon Nature Trail, the Prairie Spirit Trail, and the Southwind Rail Trail, this will create an amazing 200+mile rail-trail network in eastern Kansas.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

mountain biking
Sunday, August 30, 2015