Active activities

Landon Trail — Herrman's Trailhead

SE 53rd and Adams, Topeka

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.



Landon Trail — Brown v. Board Trailhead

SE 15th and Monroe, Topeka

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.



MacLennan Park Trails & Ponds at Cedar Crest

S.W. Fairlawn and Cedar Crest Drive, Topeka

This 244-acre park is situated along the hills overlooking the Kansas River near Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion. The park features an interpretive nature trail, three fishing ponds, an ice-skating pond and jogging/bike trails through woodlands and meadows (with native plants and wildflowers). A 2.7-mile crushed limestone trail can be accessed from the north parking lot on the west side of the mansion or from the south parking lot on SW 6th just west of Fairlawn.



Seward Avenue Boat Ramp

NE Seward Ave. and NE Goodell Rd., Topeka

This concrete boat ramp provides access to the Kansas River. It is located on the north side of NE Seward Ave., where Seward curves to the south and becomes NE Goodell Rd. (six-tenths of a mile east of where the Oakland Expressway crosses Seward). There is a parking area at the top of the ramp.



Park at the Weir (Kansas River access)

NW 14th & NW Warren, Topeka

This park is still under development. Limited access (i.e. no boat ramp) to the Kansas River is possible at this location on the north bank across from the Topeka Water Department's treatment plant. A low-water weir at the site forces water to the south bank toward the intake gates of the treatment plant.

To reach the parking area, take NW Lower Silver Lake Road to NW Saline and turn south. Go to NW 14th and turn east. Where 14th meets NW Warren, take the gravel road south over the dike and to the river.



Clarion Woods

S.W. 37th and Fairlawn, Topeka

Located to the east of the Clarion Woods neighborhood, this large tract of land consists of wildlife areas with walking trails through native grassland and a fishing pond. The pond has a barrier-free fishing dock and contains channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass.



Quinton Heights Hill

624 SW 24th, Topeka

Located just to the west of the Topeka Public Schools' Burnett Administrative Center, at 624 SW 24th, the hill at Quinton Heights is a locally famous sledding destination on snow-covered winter days. Thousands of Topekans over the years have zipped down the hill on sleds of all kinds, only to trudge back up the hill for another thrilling ride -- time after time. The bottom of the hill now features two soccer fields. Students enjoying a snow day can slide happily knowing that while they play the school district superintendent will likely be at work in his office, which overlooks the fun.



Shawnee South Community Park

6715 SW Westview Rd., Topeka

Shawnee South sits across the street from Pauline Central School and next to the Montara neighborhood and is well-marked with signs. It is located near Forbes Field and was part of 175 acres aquired by Shawnee County in 1975 that was once used by the United States Air Force at Forbes Field.



Shawnee North Community Park

300 NE 43rd St, Topeka

This 60-acre park has something to offer every member of the family. Take the first entrance east of NW 43rd and Kansas Ave., and you'll find the four-diamond softball complex, soccer fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and playground. You'll also find the 15,555-square-foot community center, which features meeting rooms, two preschool classrooms, an aerobics room, a weight room, a dance room, an art room and a kitchen/dining room. The community center was once the Shawnee County Poor Farm.



Lake Shawnee

SE Croco and 29th, Topeka

Shawnee County's largest and finest recreation spot, Lake Shawnee offers generous entertainment options for all. The centerpiece of the park is the lake, which stretches across 410 surface acres with about 2.75 billion gallons of water, providing a home for waterfowl and a popular destination for fishing, wind surfing, swimming and boating. The lake also can be enjoyed from picnic tables and shelters that surround the lake.



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