Distance: 74.1 miles of trail, you choose the distance you want to ride!
Support: Van Supported; See map below for support stops
Start Location: Ottawa Bike and Trail
Check-in Time: 8:00 am
Bus Leaves: 8:30 am
End Location: Bike Back to Ottawa
Group Size: 10 riders (may be extended to 20 on some weekends)
- Pre-ride coffee and group meet-up
- Downloadable Trail Map via Ride with GPS
- Pre-ride briefing
- Transportation or rider and bike to your selected starting point
- On-trail van support (see details)
- Water, snacks, and refreshments on the trail
- Bail-out transportation back to Ottawa
Flexible Mileage Options:
Our tours are flexible to allow you to ride the number of miles you are comfortable with. You can choose from the following starting points to achieve the distance you are comfortable with.
- Council Grove (74.2 miles)
- Bushong (58.8 miles)
- Admire (49.8 miles)
- Osage City (33.2 miles)
- Vassar (22 miles)
- Custom milage options also available, just let us know what part of the trail you want to ride.
All distances are to our shop in Ottawa.
This ride covers 74.1 miles of the incredible Flint Hills Trail State Park. The trail features incredible views of the Kansas Flint Hills; one of the last remaining tall-grass prairie ecosystems in the world. The trail follows an old railroad corridor developed in 1886 for the Council Grove, Osage City & Ottawa Railway. The trail was named a Kansas State Park in 2018 and will now be known as the Flint Hills Trail State Park!
The route visits the small towns of Council Grove, Bushong, Admire, Osage City, and Vassar before ending in Ottawa. The trail follows the Marais Cygnes River as well as some of the original Santa Fe Trail Route. Wildlife on the trail includes whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, prairie chickens, and bobcats.
The trail is mostly improved, but there are a few detours and less developed sections of the trial. Facilities are also limited, especially during the off-season. Our tour guides will be there to provide support at each of the small towns along the way and provide you with the most up-to-date trail information before you start your ride.