12 miles of Landon Nature Trail now open in Shawnee County

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A new trailhead serves as the gateway to two miles of the Landon Nature Trail near Overbrook.

TOPEKA— Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy has announced that 12 continuous miles of the Landon Nature Trail are now open in Shawnee County. Trail users can now travel from the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to Tecumseh Road. A 3/4 mile gap between SE 45th Street and SE 51st Street was recently completed by Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

“The longtime dream of a long-distance rail-trail in Shawnee County is finally being realized,” said Kanza President Scott Allen.

Allen said only five miles remain to be developed in Shawnee County.

“We hope individuals and foundations will step forward to provide funds and manpower to finish it,” he said.

KRTC is a volunteer organization that is developing the Landon Nature Trail and the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed section will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 6, at SE 45th Street, Topeka. A trail bike ride will start at 10 a.m. at SE 37th Street, ending at SE 45th Street. The Kaw Valley Bike Club will start its bike ride from Monroe School at 9:30 a.m. at 15th and Monroe streets.  After the dedication the bike club will ride to Tecumseh Road.

When completed, the Landon Nature Trail will stretch 38 miles from the Shunga Trail in Topeka to the junction with the Flint Hills Nature Trail in Osage County. The Landon Nature Trail is largely undeveloped in Osage County, but a two-mile stretch was opened this year with a new trailhead at Overbrook. See related story.

For more information about the Landon and Flint Hills nature trails, visit kanzatrails.org.


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