The Lehigh Portland Trails are built on the site of a former cement plant and quarry, along the banks of Elm Creek in Iola, Kansas. The trails consist of approximately 1 mile of wide gravel trails and 6 miles of natural-surface trails for mountain biking, trail running, and nature hikes. The trail's name pays homage to Allen County's industrial past and specifically to the Lehigh Portland Cement Company, which purchased the Iola Portland Cement Company in 1917 and operated a major plant in Iola until 1970. The trail system will be free and open to the general public year round. There will eventually be at least two trailheads for the Lehigh Portland Trails, one located at the western end of the trail (approximately Washington Avenue and Elm Creek), and one towards the eastern end, at 1600th Street and Nebraska Road. Currently, only the Eastern Trailhead is marked, and that only with temporary signage. Vehicle parking is available along 1600th and along Nebraska Road. Please be respectful of the neighbors, and do not block the roadways, litter, or make excessive noise. Also, please do not block the entrance gate itself, as maintenance or emergency vehicles may need access. Eventually, there will be a gravel parking lot adjacent to the trailhead, along with proper signage and an information kiosk. The Lehigh Portland Trails are being built by volunteers with Thrive Allen County, via a Healthy Living grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, on land owned by Iola Industries, Inc. through an easement granted to the Sunflower Rail-Trails Conservancy, Inc. As of December 2015, about 4 miles of singletrack have been built, with wide trail and more singletrack coming online in the coming months. Anticipated opening June 2016. ------ At the Eastern Trailhead there is a small graveled parking lot. From here you can go north or south. I chose to go South. It seemed to be the right choice for the full ride. You start off winding through the thick pine trees. Then head out through the timber towards the Quarry lake. Then you wind around a bit and ride along the Elm Creek. There are some rocky ledges with great features, small climbs, and tricky roots along this part of the ride. From here you head Northwest to due West on the Backbone trail. Then South to the old cement plant. Turn East back into the timber and ride along the bluff tops of the Quarry Lake twisting & turning, dipping & climbing over some rugged terrain with some spectacular sights along the way. You will ride all the way around to the South Side of the lake where you get into some open prairie trails. Loop back around and once again head back into the timber heading North. Now you are on your way back to the Eastern Trailhead. Ride complete.