Rail trail program in central Kansas follows long road

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Efforts to convert abandoned rail lines into trails have followed a long and winding road in central Kansas.

The trails are the most abundant in the eastern part of the state. They include a 117-mile-long Flint Hills Nature Trail that stretches from Osawatomie to Herrington and the roughly 50-mile Prairie Spirit Trail connects Ottawa with Iola. The trials provide long paths for walking, running, bicycling and horseback riding.

The Hutchinson News reports that in some areas, finding the necessary support and funding has proven challenging.

So far, the rails-to-trials movement hasn’t caught on in Reno County. Public Works Director Dave McComb said such a project doesn’t currently exist in the county, nor is he aware of any interest in developing one.


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