Plans for new 47-mile KC-area trail to celebrate historic Santa Fe trail move forward - Independence Examiner

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Federal officials were in the area this week, taking the next steps toward what advocates hope will become a 47-mile hiking-and-biking trail along the old Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

“The big deal is that we’re creating a national trail from a historic trail,” said Steve Burns Chavez, a landscape architect with the National Park Service.

The hoped-for trail, which several people in the community have worked on for years, would run from the Wayne City Landing in Sugar Creek, south into Independence through the Square, then generally along Blue Ridge Boulevard into Raytown and Kansas City, then arc west toward the Gardner Junction in Kansas. That’s where the Oregon trail split from the Santa Fe Trail. Much farther west, the California Trail split from the Oregon. So travelers on all three trails a century and a half ago used that 47-mile corridor.