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Prairie Spirit Rail Trail

Intermediate

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54.4 mile 87.6 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 710' 216 m
Descent: -640' -195 m
High: 1,135' 346 m
Low: 889' 271 m

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Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Andy Cramb

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An awesome rail trail through scenic prairie land, small towns, and alongside many creeks and rivers!

Andy Cramb

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Family Friendly Take the family outdoors, they'll love you for it!

Trail Permits: A per-person trail permit is required for persons 16 years and older to use the trail outside the city limits of Garnett and Ottawa. Persons using the trail within the city limits of Garnett and Ottawa may do so free of charge. The cities of Garnett and Ottawa maintain the trail within their respective city boundaries. This maintenance is provided in exchange for usage of the trail within those boundaries at no charge.

Self-pay daily permits are $3.50 per day.

Description

This route can be a challenging rail to trail due to the distance it offers. The Prairie Spirit trail is a 50+ mile trail with great nature views but never too far from a community to provide SAG if needed.

The trail uses the old railbed of the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Fort Gibson Railroads and is immaculately maintained and serviced by the Kansas Department of Wildlife. Please make note of the trail permit required outside of certain towns listed in the Restrictions section.

Randy Raza, an Iola cyclist, maintains a very detailed website about every facet of this trail Twitter and online trail status can be found here. Everything you could possibly need to know about the trail is captured there in more detail then I could ever offer here.

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#2

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#5812

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#50

in Kansas

#5,812

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A neat mural where the Flint Hills Trail meets the Prairie Spirit Trail.
Nov 25, 2016 near Ottawa, KS
A view down the smooth and well maintained Prairie Spirit Rail Trail.
Dec 4, 2016 near Ottawa, KS
This is an interesting approach to adding bike lanes to route the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail through town...
Dec 4, 2016 near Ottawa, KS

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