Access Fees Removed at Two Major Trails

Trail users just got a free ride on two eastern-Kansas rail-trail routes. Beginning Jan. 1, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Commission removed a regulation that required the purchase of trail-access permits on the Prairie Spirit and Flint Hills trails.

“We hope this serves as a great incentive for state park visitors and trail enthusiasts to visit these two truly unique trails,” said Kansas State Parks Director Linda Lanterman. “Our state parks have some really phenomenal trails, and I think people are going to be surprised by these two in particular.”

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park, more than 50 miles long, runs from Ottawa to Iola. The Flint Hills Trail State Park is the longest trail in Kansas and the seventh-longest rail-trail in the United States, stretching 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington.

Photo by Abby Servaes