119 miles
Distance
1,544 ft
Climb
-2,011 ft
Descent
1,542 ft
High Point
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Flint Hills Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Herington
    Herington, Kansas
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike type
    XC, Fat, CX
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Easy
  • Global Ranking

The Flint Hills Nature Trail runs for 117 miles (east-west) across northeast Kansas, linking six counties and dozens of towns between Osawatomie and Herington. The rail-trail is one of the longest in the United States, but many sections remain unimproved and rough going, making it difficult to attempt on a road bike but fine for mountain or hybrid and cyclocross bikes, and horses. Thus, some sections of trail are still under development. For specific details, see the latest trail condition report on the local website (under Related Links to the right). In addition, some sections of the trail have gates, which you can either go through or, in one case, climb over. Whenever you encounter a gate, please close it again behind you.

The trail traces a course through the Flint Hills, one of the last remaining tall-grass prairie ecosystems in the world. Along the trail you will encounter prairie flora and fauna, historic areas and unmatched views of the surrounding prairie and countryside. Wildlife includes bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, prairie chickens and bobcats.

From Herington at the western end through Allen and Admire, you encounter the tall-grass prairie; from the eastern end in Osawatomie, about 50 miles southwest of Kansas City, the Flint Hills Nature Trail is more wooded. For much of this stretch through Ottawa and on to Osage City, the trail follows the Marais des Cygnes River, with the water just north of the pathway and river bluffs to the south.

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More Stats for Flint Hills Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -465 ft
  • Altitude min
    858 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,326 ft
  • Altitude end
    860 ft
  • Grade
    -0.074%
  • Grade max
    -10.222%
  • Grade min
    9.545%
  • Distance climb
    48 miles
  • Distance down
    61 miles
  • Distance flat
    10 miles
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  • Icy
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Mar 26, 2018 @ 7:07pm
Mar 26, 2018
Flint Hills Trail, Herington

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