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Your contribution allows CKC to serve central Kansas in conjunction with a national network of rail trail partners to provide development of trails for public use connecting many towns of Central Kansas.

Meadowlark Trail

Meadowlark Trail

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)
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Sunflower Trail

Sunflower Trail

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.

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Join/Renew Membership

Why become a member?

Your year-long membership allows you to participate in and support activities of the CKC. membership will allow you to help choose or become a board member at the annual meeting in February. Members will also receive:

  • Emails about upcoming events and work days
  • Board meeting notices
  • Opportunity to participate in decisions regarding trail activities

Your membership will also be supporting the Central Kansas Conservancy’s work to build, maintain, defend and connect trail corridors across the area, state and nation. That means even more trails for you to enjoy in your area!

Follow this link to enter your membership information: Join CKC Trails!

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