Posted August 12, 2021 in Great Places to Ride by eriksbikeshop
The Kansas City area has so many amazing bike trails to ride! Whether you’re an avid mountain biker, a road cyclist who likes building speed on country roads, or a keep-it-chill kind of rider that enjoys cruising around on the weekends – there’s a trail out there with your name on it! Check out our list of the best trails to ride in the Kansas City area – recommended by our very own ERIK’S staffers!
Below are some of our favorite trails around the Kansas City area – but first we want to introduce you to Ride Spot. Ride Spot is an App you can download for FREE on your phone that features easy-to-follow local routes with on-screen navigation and/or audible turn-by-turn directions. It’s a great resource to find fun rides in your area, connect with other riders, and even begin logging your favorite rides to share with friends.
We have curated routes from our staff on Ride Spot made for all different ride levels. Simply search for and follow “ERIK’S – Kansas” to see our local shop-created rides.
And now here are the top Kansas City, Kansas trails to go check out…
Often referred to as a ‘rural retreat in the city’ the Wyandotte County Lake and Park offers awesome singletrack for any mountain biker ready to get out in nature! The park also features 1500 acres of wooded area, a large playground, an off-leash dog area, picnic shelters, and more.
The 20-mile-long Swope Trails system was built by Heartland Outside in partnership with Urban Trail Co. It features some awesome singletrack for all levels of mountain bikers. The trail includes sweet rolling contours and beautiful limestone bluff sections to keep your senses fully engaged.
Extending 26 miles long, the Blue River Parkway trail offers ample scenic river views and a variety of terrain to keep mountain bikers coming back again and again.
Rocky climbs, bluff views, invigorating descents, winding wooded paths… oh my! The Landhaul Park mountain bike trails in Northeaster Jackson County are 20 miles long and don’t disappoint! Mountain bikers of all levels will be inspired by the Landhaul’s technical and challenging singletrack!
The Hidden Valley Park trail is 4 miles long and boasts some amazing views of the valley for visitors. Trail features include fun singletrack, river views, scenic bluffs, and an abundance of wildlife and nature.
The Shawnee Mission Park 9-mile trail offers a nice mix of flowy and rocky terrain that winds mountain bikers through scenic wooded valleys and nature areas. The park also features a Skills Trail open to all ages and levels that loops around a rock playground.
Indian Creek Trail is a paved 22.5-mile mostly flat trail located near Olathe, Kansas. It provides road and/or recreational cyclists with miles of open, green space to explore year-round.
The Tomahawk Creek Trail, near Leawood, Kansas, is approximately 10 miles long, paved, and features beautiful prairies, wildflowers, and woodland sections. This trail offers recreational and road cyclists alike a peaceful respite from the noise of the city.
The Mill Creek Streamway is a 17-mile, paved, mostly flat, multi-use bike trail that weaves along the historic Mill Creek through forest and lush meadows. If you are looking to enjoy an hour or two ride immersed in nature – this is your spot!
For more ride ideas in the area – don’t forget to download the app Ride Spot and search for and follow “ERIK’S Bike Shop – Kansas” to see our rides created by store staff. And when you’re ready to get out there exploring, swing by one of our shops – Leawood, KS, Overland Park, KS, and Liberty, MO first. We’ll get you set up with everything you need for a safe, comfortable, and fun ride (tag us on your adventures using #EriksBikeBoardSki)!