Lehigh Portland Trails: Creekside

MODERATE 1 reviews

Lehigh Portland Trails: Creekside is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Iola, Kansas that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 121 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


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wild flowers


The Creekside trail follows Elm Creek from the Eastern Trailhead west to the historic Sinclair-Hegwald Bridge. The trail features a variety of terrain, including some tight-and-twisty singletrack through cedars, a view from atop a 20-foot limestone bluff, a rocky passage through a ravine, a quick plunge from the ridgeline down to Elm Creek, and fast-and-flowy segments through a riparian flood plain. The route also includes short sections on two long-abandoned rail lines -- the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas, or "Katy") and the Mo-Pac (Missouri Pacific).

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Creekside Trail does bring you around by the creek but you don't have the best access to the water. If you are taking dogs it may take a little agility to get them down to the water to drink and play. I recommend visiting the website and looking at the different maps to the park to see how they all work together. There are so many trails in this park that connect, are skill alternatives to each other, and run along side each other; you should consider the trails as a whole system rather than individual trails to be done one at a time.

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