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Linear Trail is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 16.8 mi Elevation gain 259 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Paddle sports Walking Bird watching Running Partially paved River Views Wildlife
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Jessica Valenzuela Zamora
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Hiking

Nice trail for a stroll with friends. Gravel with low traffic.

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Samūel Ōler
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Paddle sports
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Robert Ames
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Hiking
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Megan Pearson
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Hiking

It was good, better if you venture off trail. Mostly gravel if you don’t, good for bikes.

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Darren Wilcox
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I've walked this trail many times 16+ miles round-trip. The west portion of this trail is for the most part shady. The east half is out in the open sun. I being a 6'3" white male have never felt threatened, but there are questionable portions I would not want my wife being alone on. ie not alot of traffic and kind of secluded. Most bikers, runners and walkers are cordial. The trail is mostly flat.

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Allie Cimadori
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Hiking

I didn't really like this trail. If you like endless gravel driveways, this is for you. I went off on the dirt trail and it felt super creepy. Broken plates, pieces of shoes, empty little camping areas. Not for me

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Elizabeth Carter
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Hiking

Chased by a large dog on the trail, no owner in sight. Popular place for homeless to make camp.

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Danielle Russell
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Danielle Russell
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Muddy
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Parker Beer
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Johnny Dykes
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Hiking

Crossing bridge has some broken boards

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Cindy Stavropoulos
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Hiking

Just after lunch. My first time on this cement trail. I went left just to get a short hike in. Encountered homeless sleeping under the bridge. Continued on and saw another homeless man. Turned back to go the other way. It was paved cement and in the open. Noticed a dirt path nestled in the trees so I ventured off the path to the dirt nearer to the river to make a loop back to parking. Soooo many turtles. Fun to see them swimming playfully. Experienced some flooding and another homeless sleeping. So I turned back and finished back on the cement path. It was a nice path and I didn’t feel threatened. Just want others to be aware that it appears to be refuge for the homeless. If I return I would stay on the cement path so as not to disturb them.

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Christina Blakely
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Jennifer Jansen
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Very nice flat and fast trail . Scenic along Kansas River.

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Shawn Fuller
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It’s right beside a sewage treatment plant. For 1/2 of your walk all you can smell in human waste.

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Joshua Kyle
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Mountain biking

Essentially it is a highly maintained rail trail which covers the length of the city from Anneberg Park (west) to Northview Park (east). Very kid friendly and great for walking, biking, and jogging. Also good for off road commuting. The trail ranges from packed gravel to pavement and sidewalks. Some parts of the trail will close after heavy rains, but you can go around using city streets.

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Matt Buel
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All of linear trail is worth the time, honestly the best hiking trail in the area even if it is pretty flat. No matter where you are in town part of this trail is nearby, I'm not really sure why there are not more parts of it listed on here

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Karla Rivera
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Walking

Its really nice it has a flat gravelly road good for waking or bike riding, but you can get off the gravelly and fallow the trails inside the wood, is pretty cool.

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Mary Jackson
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Running

Beautiful and well kept by the river.

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Stephanie Taylor
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Running

I run this trail regularly with a jogging stroller. Its flat light gravel floor is great for use with an off road jogging stroller. While you're away from car traffic for the most part, you can't avoid it completely so be prepared to hear the cars on Fort Riley Blvd. You couldn't call this a true nature trail but it's a fantastic alternative to sidewalks and stop lights.

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Becky Foreman
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Nice for a jaunt to get in some exercise. Flat, gravel/dirt mix. Great for a walk, run, or a bike ride. Goes along the river, so lots of birding and maybe some other wildlife viewing opportunities. Some rustic benches for resting or birding. Hard to figure out where to access it from right downtown. I finally figured out to follow 5th street across the tracks, then jump over to 4th street for access to the trail. Good sized parking area there as well if you drive to the trail. I walked from Houston St. Cross Riley Blvd at the traffic lights at either 4th or 6th if walking, no light at 5th and heavy traffic in early evening.

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Orrosta Orrosta
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Walking

Not a hiking trail. Nice for getting around a town that is otherwise pretty unwalkable.

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Torin Ramos
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Running

Very good trail quite and is big for family walks or running and hiking

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Cole Cheever
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Nice urban trail.

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Casie Wiebe
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Road biking

Nice easy trails!

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Dale Siebert
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Hiking

We "hiked" the Linear Trail, it's not even a trail at all. It might be a good off road place for walking or bike riding for the residents of Manhattan, KS but not for hiking. It's a flood dike that has a crushed stone and nothing more. I gave it one star because there is no real scenery and when we went it was pretty crowded.

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Rochelle Nolette
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Walking

I give this trail no stars because ..... I dont walk it any more ... I was scared off it by a homeless man and I was in the middle of Manhattan Kansas when it happened. IF YOU WALK, RIDE A BIKE OR ANY THING ON THIS TRAIL DO NOT GO ALONE. IF YOU HAVE TO GO ALONE THEN TAKE A GUN WITH YOU OR A KNIFE. IF YOU DONT HAVE EIGHTER OF THESE THEN YOU TAKE A DOG WITH YOU. I was lucky that something didnt happen to me.

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Mike S
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Hiking

I would not call this a hiking trail. it is a gravel or paved walkway. good for walking or a bike ride, but nothing too exciting.

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James Elliott
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Road biking

I am not from the Manhattan area, but was visiting a family member when I completed this trail. I love cities that have recreational trails for walking, biking, and dogs, and the Linear Trail is one such offering. There are paved parts and gravel parts, but all seemed pretty well-maintained. I was on this trail on a Sunday evening and the crowd was moderate. I like to see people out exercising and having fun in the beautiful weather! I will keep this trail in mind when visiting again.

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Scott Dodson
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Mountain biking
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This is an easy trail that I take often after work or on a light workout day. The trail is for the most part really nice. There are a lot of people jogging, walking, and several biking, the only draw backs to this trail is if your going to do the whole thing is that there are a few places that can get pretty muddy after a lot of rain. But over all a nice place to unwind.

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