Prairie Spirit Trail

EASY 2 reviews

Prairie Spirit Trail is a 52.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Iola, Kansas that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

52.3 miles
931 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


The Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is a 52-mile biking and hiking trail built on a former railroad right-of-way. The Prairie Spirit Trail was constructed in stages, beginning with 17 miles from Richmond to Welda in 1996, Ottawa to Richmond in 1998, and Welda to Iola in 2008. A a trail extension was completed in Iola in 2012, completing the route to Iola’s Riverside Park. The route runs from Iola in the south to Ottawa in the north, passing through the communities of Iola, Carlyle, Colony, Welda, Garnett, Richmond, Princeton, and Ottawa. The Prairie Spirit Trail is free to use within the city limits of Iola, Garnett, and Ottawa, but the remainder of the trail requires purchase of a permit from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, payable at trailheads.

road biking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Prairie Spirit trail is a rail to trail bike trail that is well maintained, has several stops through small towns. Excellent in every way. My only disappointment was it is for fee use, which is OK but we were stopped twice during the day by park officers checking our permit. To aggressive.

Sunday, April 05, 2015