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Cliff Drive Scenic Byway

Cliff Drive Scenic Byway

People love their bikes in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Whether you’re biking on one of the area’s many trails, or trekking out through the backroads, we offer lots of great places to go for a ride.

The best part about biking in Freedom’s Frontier is that you can plan your bike trip as a way to visit our historic sites. The Monticello Historical Society developed and produced, with the help of a grant from Freedom’s Frontier, a historic tour of the community with bike-friendly routes in mind. You can pick up your self-guided tour brochure at the Monticello Historical Station in Lenexa, Kansas. Many people also love to bike the states’ byways. Cliff Drive Scenic Byway in Kansas City offers a great four mile trip that is closed to motor traffic on the weekends.

If you want a longer-distance bike trek, why not start your adventure on the Prairie Spirit Trail at the Old Depot Museum in Ottawa, Kansas. You can follow the trail all the way to Humboldt, Kansas, where you could visit the Humboldt Historical Museum and bike the Humboldt Civil War Tour. Or you could head east from Ottawa on the Flint Hills Nature Trail and stop at the John Brown Museum State Historic Site in Osawatomie. These Kansas trails are rails-to-trails conversions. On the Missouri side, the Rock Island Trail State Park rail-to-trail is currently under development and will connect Freedom’s Frontier with the longer Katy Trail State Park.

And we can’t forget the awesome bike races, rides and events that take place in the heritage area. Check out Kansas Cyclist for events in Kansas and Missouri.

Lots of our heritage area partners have great biking trails and events! Ones to check out include the biking trails at Ohio and Erie Canalway and the bicycle tours held in the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.

Where do you bike in Freedom’s Frontier?


This entry was posted on August 20, 2015 by in 9 and 99.


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