Two Kansas Trails obtain nationwide designations

Posted by Jeff on Nov 17, 2020 at 6:26 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: November 16, 2020

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Flint Hills Trail and Prairie Spirit Trail state parks recently received America’s highest accolade for hiking trails when they were named National Recreational Trails by the National Park Service. Both state park trails are operated by the KDWPT Parks Division.

“This is important not only to these parks and our state parks system, but also to the state of Kansas,” said Linda Lanterman, director of the KDWPT’s Parks Division. ‚ÄúThis will bring valuable attention to two great state parks and all that they have to offer. And ultimately, you are helping the local economies that develop along these paths. That’s a big deal. “

There is no monetary prize to the label, but the parks can now use signage to indicate their high quality. The trails are also specially recognized on some maps of the American trails. Both the Flint Hills Trail and the Prairie Spirit Trail are built along abandoned railroad lines and required an enormous amount of private labor to become a reality.

The 117-mile Flint Hills Trail runs from near Osawatomie to Herington and through landscapes that range from steep, heavily forested ridges to the tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills.

The Prairie Spirit Trail stretches 51 miles from Ottawa to Iola and also crosses a wide range of scenic topographies. The two paths cross in Ottawa.

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