McPherson Area Cyclists (MAC)
A rather loose eclectic bicycle organization that meets informally on bicycle rides during the year. There are currently no dues (except to ride), no officers, no meetings (except during rides or an impromptu beverage stop after), no tee shirts, no jerseys, only a group of guys and gals who enjoy cycling. You know when you are a member because you will receive, free of charge, the Saturday Morning Ride emails alerting you to local and some times not so local rides.
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The Meadowlark Trail passes through gentle hills and creek valleys in the 12.6 miles between Lindsborg and McPherson on the old Union Pacific Railroad railbed. It crosses eleven bridges and, at one point, follows the east bank of the Smoky Hill River. Both trails travel through beautiful county – geologically rich area with several different types of soil and an abundance of wildlife.
Meadowlark Trail Proposed Phases
- Phase I – McPherson trailhead to Pawnee Rd (4 miles)
- Phase II – Lindsborg trailhead to Shawnee Rd (3 miles)
- Phase III – Pawnee Rd to Shawnee Rd (5 miles)
This is a multi-use recreational and nature trail between Marion and McPherson. The Sunflower Santa Fe Trail is located on the original Marion and McPherson Railroad that was a leg of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
It travels a distance of 33 miles, beginning to the east in Marion and passing through the communities of Hillsboro, Lehigh, Canton and Galva. The trail will eventually connect with the Meadowlark Trail at McPherson.
The length of the trail parallels US Highway 56 and curves gently through cultivated farmland and pastures and crosses near the junction of the historic Santa Fe, Chisholm Trail and Cherokee Trails near Canton.