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Level: Easiest
Length: 117 mi (188.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +473/ -439 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Flint Hills Nature Trail (Rail Trail)

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#60 of 91 mountain bike trails in Kansas
#8,525 in the world

This is a Rail Trail with manny different terrain changes. You will ride on dirt, grass, packed chat limestone, loose chat, and loose dark railroad rock. Travel through tell rock passes. Cross wide open prairies. Span manny different types of bridges. Pass through some quiet small towns and cities. There is a few land marks to see along the way also. The scenery is breath taking and makes you wonder what things were like on a train back in the day. There are no big hills so plan on staying on the peddles and cranking out one great ride.

First added by Schmo on Mar 1, 2017. Last updated Apr 21, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
At the intersection of Hwy 56 (main st.) and Hwy 177 in Council Grove go East to south 6th St. and turn south (right). Go a few blocks south to Walnut St. and turn East (left). About 150 feet on the left you will see the trailhead sign and a big dirt lot. Park anywhere!

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Rider questions

Q: Does the trail connect to Ottawa, KS? I'm trying to plan a Bikepacking trip from Ottowa to Council Grove. Thanks
A: Yes ! They were doing some bridge replacement from Osage City to Ottawa. Don't know if completed the work but you can always take a road to go around. The trail is a bit raw in places to but still fun to ride. I am wanting to complete that leg of the trail myself. Good luck and enjoy. PS. Check with Kansas Cycling web sight. They might have more info.