The 6 Best Bike Trails in Wichita

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Who else grew up riding a red tandem bike around town with their dad? No one? Just me?

Either way, cycling is becoming more and more popular around the world, and in the States in particular. Lucky for us, there are several trails right here in Doo-Dah City devoted to biking and all its glory. So, if you can’t get enough of the wind in your hair and the feeling of flying, you’ve come to the right place.

With trails varying from a few miles to over ten miles long, we’ve got paths for all levels of fitness. Grab your helmet (safety first!) and keep reading for your next great adventure!

Map of the Best Bike Trails in Wichita

Redbud Trail

This is my favorite trail in Wichita, largely because it’s the one I ride the most. This 11-mile trail runs through Woodlawn, my old neighborhood, and intersects with the Armour bike path. It’s a great neighborhood to start in, since it’s calm and lacks crazy traffic.

From there, it cruises past the WSU campus—which you can, of course, detour in—and then heads off to Augusta. There are currently plans to expand this trail, which would be awesome!

I have seen pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, and rollerbladers on this trail, so get ready to share the road. But truly—I love this trail, and I think you will too!

  • Trailhead: 17th & Oliver, Wichita, KS, 67208
  • Website: Redbud Trail

Chisholm Creek Bike Trail

The Chisholm Creek Bike Trail winds 11.2 long miles, but it’s still beginner-friendly. There are several side trails you’ll have to take to reach those 11 miles, so you can shorten as needed.

A lowkey and chill trail, it won’t have you sweating like crazy, but it’s still long enough to build some heat. Plus, you’ve got lots of space and time to feel the wind on your face, AKA the best feeling ever.

With a tossed bag of natural sights, neighborhoods, and skylines, this trail won’t bore you. Some of it even rides through the Great Plains Nature Center, one of my all-time favorite places in Wichita.

This out and back trail is paved and well-maintained, so you don’t need to bring a mountain bike or prep for bumpy gravel. It’s very family- and kid-friendly and makes for a great Sunday outing!

K-96 Bicycle Path

This eight-mile, asphalt trail wraps around K-96 and a fair chunk of Wichita. It’s mostly for cyclists, but there will be the occasional pedestrian, so watch out for those walkers!

Although it’s not difficult, there will be a fair amount of starting and stopping due to frequent intersections and changing lanes. I struggled to find all the signs on this trail, so if you’re riding for the first time, make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Sometimes the signs are a little smaller than you might think!

That being said, this is a great way to get some exercise within the city—no need to drive to the nature center or some far off park to get a couple of miles in.

  • Trailhead: 3240 Oliver, Wichita, KS, 67220

Arkansas River Trail

This paved path runs along the Arkansas River, providing easy access to nature and the city itself. There are multiple museums on the river, including the Keeper of the Plains, so you can stop along the way and turn it into a fieldtrip! Bring the kiddos along and you’ve got exercise and education down in one.

Since it’s on the river, there’s still quite a bit of nature and wildlife involved. Plus, you can access two other paths alongside the river (Kellogg & Central or Seneca & 13th) if you want to add on some mileage. Though ten miles seems like enough to me!

There are a few encampments on the South side of the river, so try not to go flying through someone’s stuff. Be gracious and cautious, and I’m sure they’ll return the favor.

Air Capital Memorial Park

Air Capital Memorial Park is made up of ten acres featuring three, pre-marked loops. They’re more technically difficult than the other trails on this list, but fairly short. Again, these are specifically designed for cyclists, but, fair warning, there may be pedestrians there too.

The East Loop flies by where ye’ olde Harry Street was torn out, so you can view all the debris that remains! Pretty cool.

If you like a bit of a challenge and are a more experienced cyclist, I highly recommend checking out Air Capital Memorial Park.

Prairie Sunset Trail

Depending on where you start, this trail is 12-15 miles long—bring a water bottle! It starts in Garden Plain before winding through west Wichita, but you can hop on wherever.

This public trail is for pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists, so you will have to share the road.

The Prairie Sunset Trail follows the railroad, so you get a free piece of history with every ride. Since much of it is out in rural areas, you’ll get to see your fair share of native flora and fauna, which is always a win in my book. Some folks like bringing their binoculars so they can go birding after their ride! Clearly, you’re sure to see a pretty sight.