Tucked into hidden corners of Miami county, more than 50 miles of trails allow adventurers to explore scenic sections of the county. 

These routes have become easier to locate thanks to a free app, Regional Kansas City Bike Map, which is available at It can be used on a smartphone, tablet, or computer browser. The interactive map will coordinate with a device’s GPS signal to track progress along a mapped route.

The application, which shows bikeway and trail information for the eight-county Kansas City region, has been made available through a joint venture with the Mid-America Regional Council. It should be used safely, not while riding or driving.
MARC bikemap QR Code
Hillsdale Lake
About 30 miles of trails are offered at Hillsdale Lake. A partnership between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the system.
Located behind the Corps of Engineers' building at 26000 West 255th Street, the Hidden Spring Nature Trail is 1.5 miles long. It is designated for use by hikers and mountain bikers. 
The State Park Hike/Bike Trail is three miles long with entry points near Jayhawker Boat Ramp and the public beach. It winds along wooded areas and meanders along the lake’s southwest quadrant. This trail system is open to hikers and mountain bikers only.
The lake’s largest trail system, the Saddle Ridge multi-use trails, is more than 25 miles long and is predominately located on the lake’s southern end. These trails are open to all non-motorized types of trail-users including horses, birdwatchers, bikers and hikers. The trails weave through Oak Hickory woodlands, native grass and wildflower prairies, grassy meadows and wetland habitats. 
There are several entry points to the Saddle Ridge Trail system. Riders tend to gather at the Saddle Ridge Equestrian Campground at 26800 West 253rd Street. Hikers, bikers and wildlife enthusiasts generally join the trails near the Marysville or Jayhawk Boat Ramps, the public beach, the overflow dam, the state park’s office, or the Corps of Engineers office.

Flint Hills Nature Trail 
The longest rail trail in Kansas, and the seventh longest in the United States, the Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herrington following former Missouri Pacific railroad tracks. It winds through the tallgrass prairie ecosystem offering a scenic path for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It generally follows the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and forms a component of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. 

Managed by the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, the trail is constructed on former railroad rights of way with the five most easterly miles located within Miami County. 

The hard-packed limestone surface and relatively flat grade ensures an all-weather trail. Mud is not a problem in wet weather. In certain places, the tree canopy reaches over the trail for a shaded, peaceful path. 

Volunteers with the conservancy maintain the trail. It is open to all non-motorized users. A public access point is available at 339th and Pressonville Road.
Community Trails 
The Louisburg area offers public access to nature trails and a scenic path. About four miles of nature trails wind through Lewis-Young Park offering views of wooded areas and streams. Created and maintained by local Boy Scout troops, the winding paths are great for hikers and bird watchers. An access point is available near the park’s lake and shelter house at 26600 Jingo Road. 

Around  Louisburg Lake, a two-mile paved trail winds around the park area. It was created and maintained by the city with an entry point from Ron Weer’s Park at 1485 S. Metcalf. 

A group of volunteers joined with the City of Paola to create 3.5 miles of trails through wooded areas in Wallace Park at Osage and Wallace Park Drive. The path winds past play areas and along Bull Creek. Limestone screenings were packed then smoothed out to create a flat, hard surface. 

The southern end of Spring Hill features a two-mile trail circling and branching off from a four-acre community park with a children’s play area and small pond. There are two access points where the public can enter the paved pathway. For access by the BlackHawk subdivision,turn south onto South Harrison Street from 223rd Street then left onto South Franklin. A parking lot is located about 400 feet to the east. The other unmarked access point can be reached by turning south on Victory Road off 223rd Street and going .4 miles; the park is on the right. 

Trail Etiquette
All of the trails in Miami County attract more than one type of user. Please be aware that other trail users will likely be travelling at a different pace. It is important to take note of the weather and make plans to stay safe. Binoculars, drinking water and a cell phone may all be items to take on the trail. 

It is important to leave the trail in as good of condition as it was found.