Best cycling trails in the KC area?

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Best cycling trails in the KC area?

Postby Highlander » Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:24 am

If you want to ride for a couple of hours (25+ miles or so) on trails without auto interference, where are the best places in the KC area to go? I have a hybrid and prefer not to ride on streets. Seems like most of the better long trails in the area are along the Indian/Tomahawk Creek and Mill Creek valleys in Johnson County. But it's difficult to tell which ones are continuous via google map. Does anybody here ride these or other trails in the area?

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Re: Best cycling trails in the KC area?

Postby grovester » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:00 am

Mill Creek is continuous from the Kaw all the way south to 119th Street. We've taken Indian Creek from 95th/Antioch all the way to Holmes.

This is a good map: http://www.marc.org/Transportation/Mode ... keways-Map

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Re: Best cycling trails in the KC area?

Postby earthling » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:11 am

I just cycle casually or to get from A to B in city, so don't know those trails. Most of the others are shorter. For 'leisure/enjoyment' riding, I like the Brookside Trolley trail but 'sporting/endurance' cyclists don't like it because of a lot of foot traffic (UMKC to Waldo) and many roads to cross - the nature of trails in the city. It starts near Plaza (behind Russell Stover candy HQ) to 85th Street then bends west to behind old Bannister Fed complex and then unofficially extends to dirt paths along Blue River if I recall (haven't gone that far). Still something to check out you if end up moving downtown (can take bike on bus from downtown to UMKC MAX stop along trail).

Also like the Smithville Lake trails (paved and dirt) but they break up and not contiguously off road 25+ miles, which you are seeking - can make it work if willing to ride country highways in parts. I don't ride for sport otherwise and don't know other trails in area.

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Re: Best cycling trails in the KC area?

Postby shinatoo » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:43 am

I've ridden the Little Blue River trail form Blue Mills road in northern Independence all the way to Lee's Summit Road. It's crushed limestone. I have a hybrid. Don't know if it's 25 miles, but it's very well maintained. I believe they are going to extend it all the way to Knobtown to link up with the Rock Island trail when it opens.
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Re: Best cycling trails in the KC area?

Postby grovester » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:24 pm

We tried out the Line Creek trail this week, pretty sweet, wide concrete with bike stations at the trail heads (air, tools). Nice mix of sun and shade, flat and hills. Goes from Vivion to 152 with plans to connect to Parkville. Looking forward to exploring the rest of it soon!

http://www.platteparks.com/line-creek-trail/


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