Congratulations, you have access to 117 miles of towering woodlands, clear streams and long prairie vistas dotted with clumps of wild flowers.
The Flint Hills Nature Trail basically follows an abandoned rail line from Herington to Osawatomie. Currently about 80 miles or so are improved enough for bikes or horses. Work is progressing on the rest.
Wednesday I got a few hours of touring via pick-up with Scott Allen, of Council Grove. The work they’ve done to create the trail is impressive, as is the diversity of habitats and views. Some places it is more than six miles between public roads. That the right-of-way is usually 100 to 200 yards wide means people can wander a bit, but are cautioned to not cross fences on to private lands.
More details on the trail that’s the sixth-largest of it’s kind in the nation should be on Sunday’s outdoors page in The Eagle, or at kansas.com/outdoors. CLICK HERE TO SEE A photo gallery of about 20 photos from along the trail online.