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Late Summer on the Flint Hills Nature Trail

Updated on November 14, 2010

I recently had a chance to visit the Flint Hills Nature Trail near Rantoul, Kansas.

The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy is making great progress on the trail, and there are major changes each time I visit the trail.

For those who haven't ridden the Flint Hills Nature Trail, I thought I'd give you a sneak preview of what you'll find.  Late summer is an especially nice time to ride the trail, as the woods and fields along the trail are literally blanketed with a huge variety of flowers in spectacular bloom.


Sunflower - The Kansas State Flower!
Sunflower - The Kansas State Flower!
A view of the prairie from the trail.
A view of the prairie from the trail.
Chickasaw Plums
Chickasaw Plums
Goldenrod
Goldenrod
Thistle
Thistle
Jerusalem artichoke
Jerusalem artichoke
Thickspike Gayfeather (also known as the "Prairie Blazing Star").
Thickspike Gayfeather (also known as the "Prairie Blazing Star").
Mock Bishop's-Weed
Mock Bishop's-Weed
Gray-Green Wood Sorrel
Gray-Green Wood Sorrel
Wingstem
Wingstem

More Information

The Flint Hills Nature Trail is 117-mile rail-trail conversion connecting Osawatomie in the east and Herington in the west, passing through the towns of Rantoul, Ottawa, Pomona, Vassar, Osage City, Bazaar, Allen, Bushong, Council Grove, Wilsey, and Delavan. When completed, it will be the longest rail-trail in Kansas, and one of the longest in the nation.

You can learn more about other great Kansas trails at Kansas Cyclist.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Great post! Thank for doing this!

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