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Pedal into Summer: 3 Scenic Bike Routes

It’s time to embrace the warm weather and enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to celebrate the long weekend than embarking on a biking adventure? Here are three local bike trails to kick off your summer.

1.Rock Island Trail, Missouri – 13.5 miles

The Rock Island Trail is a popular gravel trail through picturesque landscapes including the historic Vale Tunnel and Little Blue River. The trail runs between the Truman Sports Complex and Lee’s Summit. With a length of 13.5 miles, the trail is perfect for riders of all skill levels. Many bikers start at the stadium trailhead or the 98th Street trailhead.

2.Tomahawk Creek Trail, Kansas – 10.8 miles

Nestled in Overland Park and Leawood, the Tomahawk Creek Trail spans 10.8 miles offering natural beauty and urban convenience. Along the paved path, you’ll find tranquil parks, streams, and flat, shaded trails to escape the summer heat. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy one of the scenic spots along the route.

3.Gillham Road Cycle Track, Kansas City – 3.5 miles

For those seeking an urban adventure, the Gillham Road Cycle Track is a protected cycling track with well-marked lanes for a safe, enjoyable city ride. The track winds through the heart of the city with views of iconic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods along Gillham Road from midtown to the Crossroads. Consider hopping on the trail at Brush Creek Boulevard and pedaling downtown.


More resources to find trails

You can also find new biking trails to explore with your recreation department, or with apps such as the AllTrails app. Also, check out the Mid-America Regional Council’s Regional Trails & Bikeways map. For natural surface trails in the Kansas City region, explore the Urban Trail Co’s trail list.


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