Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

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This linear park is located along a former rail bed between Iola and Ottawa, a distance of 51 miles. The city of Garnett is the midway point, and the park office is located at the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce building. The Prairie Spirit Trail connects with the 9-mile long Southwind Rail Trail between Humboldt and Iola. Combined, the trails pass through 10 charming rural communities.

The Prairie Spirit Trail offers a peaceful and calm tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. The trail is a linear park passing through three counties with eight pocket-parks along the way. It is a greenway and travel corridor open to pedestrians and bicyclists that traverses diverse ecosystems including tallgrass prairie, riparian areas, agricultural lands, and communities.

Along rural portions, the trail is a hard packed limestone screening surface. The trail is asphalted through Garnett and Ottawa. The trail averages a minimum of 8 feet wide. It follows the original rail bed of the old Leavenworth, Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad. Built in the 1860’s, it was the first north-south rail line in Kansas. The grades are moderate, providing easy travel for hikers and cyclists alike.

A separate per-person trail pass is required to use the trail for persons 16 years of age and over, except in the city limits of Iola, Garnett and Ottawa. $3.50 self-issue day permits are available at trailheads. Annual permits are available for $12.15 where KDWPT licenses and permits are sold.

Phone:
Address:
419 S. Oak
Garnett,KS    66032
County/Counties:
Trail News - Updated: 07/01/2014

Fall Activities

Trail Update

This is a great time of year in Kansas as the weather is comfortable to be outside exercising and the trees are changing colors, as well as there are still some fall flowers showing colors along the trail. The trail is in good shape and is open from Ottawa to Iola. 

Currently, all restroom facilities are open and water is available at all rest areas except Carlyle. We will begin to winterize and close our facilities on October 31, 2013. Richmond will be the first facility shut down for winterizing and maintenance. The rest room will be closed on Oct 31, and the water to the outside fountain will be shut off on November 4. We will then shut water off at all other facilities and begin closing other restrooms for the winter through the first two weeks of November. We will close Princeton and Carlyle last, as they are the busiest restrooms. Restrooms in the Depot in Garnett and at the Depot Museum in Ottawa will remain open through the winter.

For those who may not be aware, The Southwind Trail was opened this past year and you can now continue south from Iola to Humboldt on the same rail corridor from the southern terminus of the Prairie Spirit Trail. For those who have visited the Trail before, this is an opportunity to extend your ride and see some new areas.

For the runners out there, there will be a 50 Mile and 50 Kilometer run on October 26, 2013 http://marathons.ahotu.com/race/prairie-spirit-trail-fall-classic-50k-ultra-race , as well as plans for a 50 and 100 mile Ultra Marathon again in March of 2014, http://prairiespirit100.com/the-event/ . We had an interesting initial run in March of 2013 with a run that really tested participants due to a little taste of Kansas winter- you know, rain… then ice… covered by heavy snow and arctic winds- but participants loved it and loved the trail…… they were there to run 50 or 100 miles during a single event so they were looking forward to an extreme outdoor experience.

For those wanting a safe but slightly spooky event for the kids, the Friends of the Prairie Spirit Trail will have the “Happy Haunted Trail” on Halloween night in Garnett at the Depot. Candy for the kids and snacks for adults as well as a safe place for the kids to go through the Historic Santa Fe Depot after it has been given a holiday appropriate makeover. This has been a significant event in the past years and it offers a nice activity which is appropriate for even the youngest of children.

See you on the trail,

Trent McCown

 

Manager, Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

General Information

Phone:
Address:
419 S. Oak
 
Garnett, KS    66032
County/Counties:

Helpful Information

Garnett Area Chamber Of Commerce - (785) 448-6767


History
 

The trail is built upon a railroad Right-of Way which was the first north -south rail line in Kansas. The rail line was constructed in the1860's.

Prairie Spirit Trail Areas






Prairie Spirit Trail Trails
Prairie Spirit Trail – South End – Welda Rest Area
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 33 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N38 10 10.7 W095 17 42.6
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    A 33 mile linear park built upon a rail-banked rail corridor. The riding/walking surface is 8 feet wide hard packed limestone screenings. Grades are moderate and follo the original rail grades. 17 additional miles are scheduled to open in 2007.


Prairie Spirit Trail – North End – Ottawa Depot
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 33 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N38 37 13. 3 W095 16 12.0
  • Click for more information

    A 33 mile linear park built upon a rail-banked rail corridor. The riding/walking surface is 8 feet wide hard packed limestone screenings. Grades are moderate and follo the original rail grades. 17 additional miles are scheduled to open in 2007.


Prairie Spirit Trail Calendar