Walking path

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.



Kansas State Capitol

300 W. 10th, Topeka

While the historic Kansas State Capitol building in downtown Topeka is a destination unto itself, the park-like grounds surrounding the Statehouse long have been the setting for a variety of activities. Downtown workers use the grounds as a place to lunch, read, relax in the shade or burn off a few calories with a brisk walk. During the summer, free Brown Bag Concerts are held on the south side of the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the same area features an outdoor market on Wednesday mornings.



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.



Horseshoe Bend Park

SE Horse Shoe Dr., Topeka

This park features a small lake with a trail and lots of sun. Parks and Recreation of Topeka took ownership of the park in July 2009. You'll find the lake at the bend of SE Horseshoe Drive, in a new neighborhood just north of SE 45th Street.



Welton Grove

SW 39th & Atwood, Topeka

Located at the intersection of SW 39th and Atwood, and extending southward, this sprawling park consists of a nature area with a walking trail through trees and native plants.



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.



Elmhurst Green

SW Washburn and Munson, Topeka

Elmhurst Green is a small green space along Washburn Avenue that was created after the removal of several houses. The area has been planted with trees, and a curving sidewalk passes landscaped garden beds.



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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