Prairie Spirit Trail

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Ottawa to Iola, KS
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The Prairie Spirit Trail in eastern Kansas is a 51 mile long path through small towns, scenic prairie and occasional wildlife. The trail of hard-packed limestone runs north/south between Ottawa and Iola. The Prairie Spirit Trail is the first completed rail-trail of a network of trails that will interconnect in the eastern Kansas Area. It directly connects to the Flint Hills Nature Trail at Ottawa.


Built on the railbed of the old Leavenworth, Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad, the trail offers easy grades for hikers and bikers alike.(Horse travel and off road vehicles are prohibited).


Trail permits are required outside the city limits of Ottawa, Garnett and Iola for those 16 years of age and older. Daily and annual permits are available. Restrooms are open seasonally at all parking areas from approximately April 15-Oct. 30, and open year round in the Old Museum Depot in Ottawa and the Santa Fe Depot in Garnett. Managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.

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