Kansas' Flint Hills Nature Trail open; 90 mile trail could be 120 miles and connect with MO's Katy & Rock Island Trails - KSHB

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After 16 years of planning, the longest biking and hiking trail in Kansas is open for public use, although some spots are still a bit rough.

The Flint Hills Nature Trail is currently 90 miles long, and it could expand to 117 miles in the future. Bikers and hikers can see native grasses, wildflowers, tunnels of trees, bridges, streams and a section of hardwood forest. . . .

She believes the trail will someday stretch nearly 120 miles and meet other Kansas trails.

MoBikeFed comment: The Flint Hills Nature Trail is one of the major Kansas Trails shown on our Quad State Trail System plan:

http://mobikefed.org/2016/06/quad-state-trail-and-missouri-statewide-tra...

The Flint Hills Trail connects Osawatamie to Ottawa and Council Grove. When the additional 30 miles is complete, Herington, KS, will be connected as well. See a map of the trail here:

http://kanzatrails.org/flint-hills-nature-trail/map/

Plans are underway to connect this trail system directly to the Kansas City metro trail system and also to the Lawrence KS area trail system.

This Kansas trail system could connect directly to the Katy/Rock Island through a "southern cutoff" trail connection envisioned through the southern portion of the Kansas City metro area.

Altogether the Quad State Trails System could link over 1000 miles of trails in five states: Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.

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