Landon Trail — Herrman's Trailhead

SE 53rd and Adams
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Topeka, KS

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Where trains once rolled, trails are being created and maintained by a group of volunteers. The city of Topeka also is involved in maintaining part of the trail. The trails are wide and gently sloping -- reflective of their railroad history. Much of the trail is a crushed limestone surface although it turns to concrete as it passes through Cushinberry Park. The trees that shade sections of the trail are a relief to users, who include horseback riders and bikers. The trail largely follows streams, including Linn Creek, Camp Creek and the Wakarusa River, and passes through areas of native tallgrass as well as farms.

When finished, the trail will cover 38 miles of what was once the Missouri-Pacific Railroad, running from Topeka to Lomax Junction and Pomona Lake in Osage County. The trail system also connects with Clinton Lake. Currently, trailheads reside at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 SE Monroe, with Cushinberry Park sitting to the east of the trailhead. For those in south Shawnee County, hop on the trail at Herrman's Trailhead, on the north side of 53rd Street, a short drive east of Topeka Boulevard.

For more about the trail and progress, check out www.kanzatrails.org and www.landontrail.org.

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THE BASICS

Amenities: Picnic tables, Walking path

Location: South

Ambience: Active activities



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