Prairie Spirit Trail News

Trail Update


It's winter, and although it has felt somewhat like early spring to me, it looks like the cold stuff is coming real soon.  Our bathrooms at the trail have all been closed and will reopen in April.  Crews have been busy cutting back the extreme amount of growth from the sides of the trail we had this past year.  The trail is looking very good.

Remember the Prairie Spirit Trail hooks into two other trails. To the South in Iola, the Southwind trail travels from Iola to Humboldt.  This trail is fully complete and well maintained.  To the North in Ottawa, the Flint Hills Trail travels from Osawatomie to Herrington.  This trail is open in many areas, and where open is well maintained.  Please be advised that some of this trail is still under construction so plan accordingly.  Some of the most beautiful landscapes, bridges, and wildlife can be seen from these trail systems. 

If you haven't seen the new work that the three large communities (Ottawa, Garnett, Iola) have put into their systems, I urge you to investigate.  New signs, trails, primitive camping (Garnett South Lake), and trail access have been placed in these destinations.  The amount of work that volunteers and the cities do for these areas is astounding.

Epic Ultras will be doing another Ultra Marathon in March.  Some of the most positive and determined people I have ever met have participated in these runs.  Two distances are usually offered.  One at 50 miles and the other 100 miles.  If you are looking for a challenge, visit their website.

Remember, it’s a New Year.  Time to get your Annual Prairie Spirit Trail permit. 


Jim Manning

Ranger, Prairie Spirit Trail