The Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches for 117 miles across east-central Kansas, from Osawatomie in the east to Herington in the west, and passes through several communities, including Rantoul, Ottawa, Pomona, Vassar, Osage City, Miller, Admire, Allen, Bushong and Council Grove. The trail passes through five counties: Miami, Franklin, Osage, Lyon and Morris. As its name suggests, the trail crosses the beautiful Flint Hills. The Flint Hills represent one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world. It is home to abundant prairie plant and wildlife species, spectacular views, national historic sites and a diverse set of recreational areas. The eastern portions of the route travel alongside the Marais des Cygnes River, between rushing waters and towering bluffs, through rolling farmland and riparian woodlands.

The Flint Hills Nature Trail has more than a dozen trailheads and other access points, some with nearby parking, camping/lodging and other services. A few access points include:

  • Osawatomie — Go 2 miles west on John Brown Highway (Parker Avenue) and then north on Indianapolis Road a half-mile.
  • Ottawa East — Go 1 mile east on Seventh Street from U.S. 59 (Main Street). The trail begins just past South Mason Street.
  • Ottawa West — Go one block west on First Street from U.S. 59 (Main Street) to Walnut Street, where the Flint Hills Nature Trail intersects with the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail. Follow the Flint Hills connector path to Maple Street, where the trail veers off to the right and passes under K-68 Highway. (Parking at Second and Walnut streets.)
  • Vassar (Gateway to Lake Pomona) — The trailhead is 1 block south of the Vassar Methodist Church on Croco Road.
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Franklin County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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2011 E. Logan PO Box 203 Ottawa, KS 66067 0 km
(785) 242-1411(785) 242-1411
The Franklin County Quilt Block Tour was the first organized quilt block tour in Kansas. The tour...
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2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 0 km
Clinton Lake 785-843-7665 Pomona Lake 785-453-2201 Hillsdale Lake 913-783-4507 Melvern Lake 785-5...
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2011 E Logan St, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 0 km
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2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 0 km
• Reception seating: 75 • Classroom seating: 26 • Alcohol permitted • Limited kitchen facilities
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785-242-1411785-242-1411
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2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 0 km
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2220 E Logan St, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 0.31 km
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2518 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 0.66 km
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3593 N Old Highway 59 Ottawa, KS 0.81 km
785-242-1922785-242-1922
Ohio Star & New York Beauty The two blocks reflect the quilting styles of the two quilt shop ...
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4430 Old Highway 59 Ottawa, KS 0.81 km
Wrenegade The property has been in the family more than 100 years, with the sixth generation now ...
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1001 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 1.21 km
Great Life Golf and Fitness maintains a 9 hole golf course with a full service clubhouse open yea...
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1001 East Logan Ottawa, KS 66067 1.21 km
785-242-2424785-242-2424
Tue-Fri 10:30am-8:00pm Notes: $7-$15 BBQ, Salads, more
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1001 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 1.21 km
• Banquet seating: 150 • Classroom seating: 30 • Catering services • Alcohol purchased on site • ...
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900 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 1.23 km
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900 E Logan St, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 1.23 km
• Banquet seating: 80 • Classroom seating: 80/48/40/30 • Breakout rooms • Additional chairs/tables
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Powhattan St. and Birch Street Ottawa, KS 66067 1.38 km
Heritage Park, located on the northeast side of town, is among the City’s most recent addit...
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