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Walking and Biking Trails Wichita Kansas

Not much is cheaper or more relaxing than taking a walk or biking outside. Thankfully, there are some really great walking and biking trails in Wichita that ensure we never get bored with the scenery. From picnics to biking to fishing, Wichita is the best place to do so. Discover 9 of Wichita’s best walking and biking trails.

Our top 9 Outdoor Parks for Walking and Biking in Wichita Kansas:

Sedgwick County Park:

Is one of the largest parks in Wichita. It has a boundless playground that offers space for everyone regardless of physical mobility. The Scottish Festival and Great Pains Renaissance Festival are also put on in this park. You can fish but you are required to have a fishing license. FREE to enjoy! 

Walking and Biking Trails Wichita Kansas

Hours: 6 am-10 pm every day
Location: 6501 W 21 st St, Wichita, KS 67205

  • Bike path: 4.33 miles
  • Loop 1: 3.46 miles
  • Loop 2: 1.86 miles
  • Loop 3: 1.93 miles

Facilities and Activities

  • BBQ grills
  • Basketball courts
  • Bike trail
  • Shelters
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Softball fields
  • Sledding hill
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Bocce court
  • Rollerblade hockey
  • Playground

Click Here for more information about Sedgwick County Park 

Redbud Trail

This is an 11.5-mile-long trail in Wichita and its always FREE. It takes an average of 3 hours and 30 min to complete. It’s a trail that takes you through residential areas, churches, and parks. The trail is paved for the first 6 miles in Wichita, while much of the rest is surfaced with gravel or crushed limestone. FREE to enjoy! 

Hours: Hours: Open 24/7

Trail Surfaces: Concrete, Crushed Stone & Gravel 

Trailheads (AKA Pause Points)

  • 9th & Hillside, near Wesley Medical Center
  • 13th &Roosevelt, near the MacDonald Golf Course
  • 17th &Oliver, just south of Wichita State University

Additional Parking

  • 702 N Hydraulic Ave
  • Between North Hillside and North Holyoke streets
  • Andover Road Middle School (Andover)

More About the Redbud Trail: 

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Kid-friendly
  • Stroller friendly
  • Biking, walking, running
  • Forest and lake
  • Partially paved
  • Dogs on leash

Click here for more info about Redbud Trail

Swanson Park Loop

Is 1.2 miles long and takes about 22 minutes to complete (on average). This is considered an easy route. This trail is great for running and walking. Swanson Park is 93 acres. FREE to enjoy! 

Hours: 5 am-midnight every day
Location: 1011 N. Maize Rd. Wichita, KS 67212

More info about Swanson Park Loop: 

  • Dogs on leash
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Kid-friendly
  • Stroller friendly
  • Walking and running
  • Shade and benches
  • Wildlife
  • No Skateboarding 

Click here for more info about Swanson Park Loop 

Pawnee Prairie Nature Park

Over 400 acres of natural parkland with 5 informational Kiosks to help with the paths. The signage was installed to help track your distance, share your location, and share the park rules. FREE to enjoy! 

Hours: Dawn to dusk
Location: 2625 S Tyler, Wichita, KS 67209 (Next to Tex Consolver Golf Course)

  • Parking Lots
    • South Tyler entrance
      • – Two paved lots (64 stalls, 8 horse trailer stalls)
    • West Pawnee entrance
      • One paved lot (63 stalls)
      • One paved lot at Tex Consolver Golf Course (308 stalls)

3 designated trails:

  • Walking only
  • Bicyclists and hikers only
  • Equestrians & hikers only

WOTC Pro Tip:

  • You must yield to horses at all times.  Isn’t that so cool they allow Horse? 
  • There is an open-air butterfly garden South of the old stable off Tyler
  • Restrooms (closed in winter), a drinking fountain, a shelter, and a playground are located by the Pawnee parking lot.

More info about Pawnee Prairie Park:

  • Biking, hiking, walking, running, equestrian
  • Picnic tables
  • Horse trailer parking
  • Horse and pet watering stations
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Open Shelter
  • Playground
  • Restroom facilities
  • Drinking fountains

Click Here to find out more about Pawnee Praire Park 

Meadows Park

Is about 51.38 acres with one Nature Trail that’s 1.46 miles. FREE to enjoy! 

Hours: 5 am-10 pm every day
Location: 12551 W Maple St, Wichita, KS 67235 (Adjacent to Auburn Hills Golf Course)

About Meadows Park:

  • Playground – One children’s playground has a climbing rock on a sand safety surface.
  • Fishing pond
  • Wichita wild habitat area

Click Here for more info about Meadows Park 

Great Plains Nature Center

This is one of my personal favorites and it’s FREE to the public (inside and outside). They have an indoor facility and a Park! FREE to enjoy! Did you know that Great Plains Nature Center partners with the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Riverside which is also always FREE Click HERE for more info

Hours: 9 am-5 pm every day
Gift Shop Hours: 10 am-4 pm (closed Sundays)
Location: 6232 East 29 th St N, Wichita, KS 67220

Chisholm Creek Park

The Great Plains Nature Center park is called Chisholm Creek Park 

    • It has 282 acres with a trail that’s about 2.7 miles of paved trails that cross native and restored prairies, wetlands, ponds, and woodlands. One of the largest parks in Wichita. They do not allow dogs or bikes because it is a Naturel Kansas Habitat and they don’t want any interruption with the wildlife. They love dogs but the wildlife doesn’t and to keep it natural they are not allowed, sorry. 

You can fish! – Completely FREE

      •  Island Pond – Artificial lures only, all fish caught must be released. There is no fishing allowed on bridges or other wetland areas of Chisholm Creek Park.
      •  Chisholm Lake –Located on the north side of K-96. Please observe posted regulations. (Not on the Great Plains property but close)

A valid Kansas fishing license is required for all ages 16 and up. Get your license HERE 

Chisholm Creek Park is home to at least: 

  • 125 species of wildflowers
  • 38 species of trees and shrubs
  • 20 species of mammals
  • 160 species of birds
  • 21 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 13 species of fish

Regular sightings include turkey, white-tailed deer, egrets and herons, kites and hawks, ducks (mallards, teal, gadwall, wigeon), muskrats, mink, box turtles, aquatic turtles, snakes, songbirds, swallows, and many more! – Taken from gpnc.org

Indoor Great Plains Nature Center 

It’s completely FREE to go through the museum! They also have Nature Education for kids of all ages, including adults. These programs for also FREE. Visit their website for more information. In the museum, you can see the 2,200-gallon aquarium filled with fish life, or learn about the sounds native animals make. You can learn about the history of the prairies, wildlife and plant life. 

WOTC Pro Tip: 

  • You can download FREE Pocket Books. These informative and comprehensive booklets. Click HERE 


Oak Park Trail

Is about 37.5 acres and has a trail that’s about 1 mile long. naturally wooded area and the landscape treatment makes it a delightful place of natural beauty. FREE to enjoy! 

Hours: Open 24/7
Location: 1100 W 11th St N, Wichita, KS 67203

About Oak Park Trail:

  • 12 unpaved parking lots
  • Picnic tables
  • Lily pond
  • Dogs on leash
  • Kid-friendly
  • Forest and river
  • Disc golf park

Click Here for more info about Oak Park Trail 

South Lake Loop

Is 17 acres and has a trail that 1.1 miles long. This trail is great for fishing, running, and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. FREE to enjoy! 

Hours: 24/7
Location: 1524 W 55 th St S, Wichita, KS 67217

About South Lake Look:

  • Fishing lake
  • Dogs on leash
  • Kid-friendly
  • Partially paved

Click Here for more info about South Lake Loop 

 W B Harrison Park

Is 40.15 acres with a .75-mile fitness trail. This park has small rolling hills with nice landscaping. 

Hours: 8 am-10 pm every day
Location: 1300 S Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67207

Parking Lot East – 1 paved parking lot with 31 stalls
Parking Lot West – Unpaved parking

About WB Harrison Park:

  • Dog Park
  • Lots of shade and benches
  • Playground
  • Fishing pond
  • Rugby field
  • Softball diamond
  • 2 Tennis courts
  • Restroom facilities

Click Here for more info about WB Harrison Park

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