The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy
The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy (KRTC) is converting former rail lines into non-motorized public trails and wildlife areas across Kansas. We are a grassroots, non-profit organization of local volunteers. The Landon Nature Trail and the Flint Hills Nature Trail represent KRTC's most ambitious and successful developments, with now over 150 miles of trails nearly completed.
The Flint Hills Nature Trail
The Flint Hills Nature Trail is a nearly 120 mile rail-trail under development in northeast Kansas. It crosses 7 counties, and dozens of communities, along its east-west course. As the name implies, it crosses the beautiful Flint Hills. This outstanding recreational trail is not only a state resource for all Kansans; it is a national one. It is the seventh longest rail-trail in America and forms a component of the American Discovery Trail, the nation’s first coast-to-coast trail. Plus, it follows the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and is the longest rail-trail in the U.S. being developed by a private organization, Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy. The Flint Hills represent one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world. It is home to abundant prairie plant and wildlife species, spectacular views, national historic sites, and a diverse set of recreational areas. he Flint Hills Nature Trail connects with the 51-mile Prairie Spirit Rail-Trail in Ottawa and the 38-mile Landon Nature Trail west of Pomona. Few areas of the country can boast of a 200-mile trail network, but then there are few parts of the country that have as many available public corridors, connecting population centers and traversing scenic and historic landscapes.
The Landon Nature Trail
The Landon Nature Trail is under rapid development on nearly 40 miles of the former Missouri-Pacific Railroad. The Landon Trail is a particularly scenic recreational trail stretching from the popular Shunga Trail in Topeka to the Clinton Wildlife Area and Pomona Lake. In the North this remarkable trail follows picturesque Camp Creek with its clear, rushing water and wooded oak-hickory covered hills which provide a shady tree canopy for trail users. It should also be noted that the nature trail passes by two wetlands teeming with waterfowl, native tall grass prairie blooming with wildflowers and two lovely waterfalls. In fact, the land surrounding the Swissvale Waterfall lies within the corridor and can be turned into a picnic area. The Landon Trail is the only trail in America which connects and crosses both historic national trails -- the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail. It crosses the Union Ferry Branch of Oregon Trail at SE 42nd in Topeka and Santa Fe Nat'l Historic Trail north of US 56 north of Overbrook. Very few trails in the Midwest offer the variety of scenery provided by the Landon Nature Trail. It is an exceptional public asset available to everyone in the Sunflower State. Visitors are invited to come out and enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, running, horseback riding, and experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in the midwest.