Trails in Osage County

The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the 7th longest rail-trail in America, and the longest trail in Kansas.

Melvern Lake Project, U.S. Corps of Engineers

www.kanzatrails.org  —or— www.flinthillstrail.org
Email: info@kanzatrail.org

The 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail was built on an old railway corridor, originally developed in the late 1880’s as the Council Grove, Osage City & Ottawa Railway. It later became the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Flint Hills Nature Trail, trailhead at Vassar, KSMoPac discontinued railway service on the line in the 1980’s and subsequently abandoned the corridor. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy acquired and railbanked the corridor in 1995 and later transferred ownership to the Kanza Rails-Trails Conservancy (KRTC). KRTC has been developing the trail in sections as funding and manpower have been available. The trail area is home to abundant prairie plant and wildlife species and offers spectacular views.

While the Osage County portion of the trail can be accessed at a number of mile-road crossings, a trailhead with parking is located in Vassar, KS, one block south of the Methodist Church. Users of the trail can find services such as restaurants and stores not far from the access areas close to Pomona State Park, Vassar, Lyndon, and Osage City.

Links:
Flint Hills Nature Trail info @ Kanza Nature Conservancy site
Flint Hills Nature Trail Map

Vassar, Flint Hills Nature Trail Trailhead

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Vassar has a trailhead for the 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail. The trail passes through five Kansas counties.


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