Where trains once traveled along scenic Kansas routes, bicyclists, runners and walkers now travel. One of those routes is set to be expanded to provide patrons with more of those Kansas views.
The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy received a $25,000 donation May 21 to expand the Landon Nature Trail between Topeka and Pomona Lake.
The donation, provided from the Wyss Charitable Endowment, a foundation dedicated to conserving land, is set to complete a section of the trail from Tecumseh Road to the Wakarusa River bridge in the Clinton Wildlife Area in Lecompton. Once completed, the trail will allow users to travel along the longest covered bridge in the state, according to a Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy news release.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation,” Scott Allen, Kanza Rail Trails Conservancy president, said in the release. “With additional support from individuals like Mr. Wyss, we will soon be able to complete this remarkable trail in Shawnee County.”
The 38-mile trail stretches throughout Topeka and connects to the Flint Hills Nature Trail which connects to the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail in Ottawa. The trail is set to be the only recreational trail in the country to link the Oregon National Historic Trail and the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
“It should also be noted that the nature trail passes by two wetlands teeming with waterfowl, native tallgrass prairie blooming with wildflowers and two lovely waterfalls,” the group said in the release.
Very few trails in the Midwest offer the variety of scenery and history provided by the Landon Nature Trail. It is an exceptional public asset available to everyone in the Sunflower State.”