Prairie Spirit Rail Trail

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Prairie Spirit Rail Trail is a 50.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ottawa, 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.

50.9 miles
925 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking

trail running


rails trails



wild flowers


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. The 51-mile multi-purpose path is a twelve-foot wide trail surface consisting of compacted crushed limestone, which makes an excellent surface for bicycles, walking, and wheelchairs. It is built upon a former railway bed, the trail grades are very moderate and most stretches are level making this trail ideal for maintaining steady speeds on long rides. The trail passes over several bridges overlooking ponds, creeks, and the Marais Des Cygne River. Trailheads providing amenities such as restrooms and picnic areas are located in each community along the trail, while rest areas with bench seating are strategically placed along the trail.

13 days ago

Great for long bike adventures with small towns. Not great if you are looking for big hills. Some stretches of the trail are so straight you can see a mile ahead of you.

trail running
1 month ago

Great, well maintained rail-trail. I love it for long runs with the pup. Runs through rural Kansas countryside and through some small towns.

7 months ago

Not very fun, just a concrete path thru town mostly. Not chill;):(

Friday, October 07, 2016

Why does this app only show this trail in Ottawa? This trail extends all the way from Iola, KS, through Garnett, Welda, Scipio, Richmond, and finally to Ottawa. Not an. Accurate depiction at all.

road biking
Thursday, February 20, 2014

I havnt completed this trail, and currently I've only biked on trails around my hometown of Kansas City, but this is one of my favorite trails. Great ride, great scenery highly recommended. The museum at the Ottawa trailhead is pretty neat, but if you want to detour a couple miles if 'city' miles, starting at the Princeton trailhead is suggested.

road biking
Monday, April 11, 2011

Spirit trail is a great rail to trail project. Well maintained. Great ride. I took it from Ottawa to Iola. better scenery than I expected. Trail side amenities are a little scarce so plan water and meals accordingly.

7 months ago

10 months ago

scenic driving
Sunday, October 05, 2014