Wichita Kansas is not well known for being a very active city but that does not mean active activities are not out there. Recently, some new ways to be active have popped up around town. As well as the new, there are some hidden secrets that every active person should know about!
1. Rails to Trails
Rails to Trails, formally know at the Redbud Trail, stretches from I-135 canal route to past Augusta, for a total of 11 miles. The majority of the trail is gravel but recently 2.5 miles of the trail have been paved from I-135. The portion of the trail that passes by Wichita State University is paved and even now has cross walks for major streets. I really enjoy running on this trail but it is also great for cycling and walking. For more information and a map click here.
2. Volleyball at Jerseys
Jerseys Grill and Bar offers a sand volleyball league during the warmer months. Featuring three sand volleyball courts and an outdoor bar, this is the perfect setting for some fun. Gather up a group of friends and enjoy some recreational sand volleyball! For more information about the league click here.
3. Keeper of the Plains
Keeper of the Plains is an icon of the city. Enjoy walking, running, or cycling down by the river and be sure to take in the beautiful Keeper of the Plains.
4. Trampoline Park
Wichita now has three options for trampoline parks all around the city: Urban Air (West), Get Air (Downtown), and Wichita Sports Forum (East). Trampoline Parks are fun for all ages and really do provide a good workout, while having fun!
5. Miller's Meadow
Miller's Meadow is a 5 mile, single track, mountain biking trail. It is located on private property on the southwest corner of Pawnee and 143rd. Parking is on the south side of Pawnee off a gravel entrance. The trail is rated beginner but this is for an experienced mountain biker. The trails can also be used for running. When arriving be sure to check out the trail direction for the day. Bikers go one way on the trail and runners the other.
6. Great Plains Nature Center/ K96 Bike Trail
Great Plains Nature Center is located at 6232 E. 29th Street North. The nature center has a variety of trails that are great for walking and running. The nature center does not allow biking on their trails but K96 bike path passes through the nature center. The K96 bike path follows K96 for 8 miles. It is great for running, biking, and walking.
7. Rock Climbing
Looking for something different? Rock climbing might be it! Rock climbing in Wichita is more accessible than ever, especially for beginners. Bliss Bouldering and Climbing recently opened on the east side of town. For more information go click here.
8. Pawnee Prairie Park
Pawnee Prairie Park is one of my favorite places to run in Wichita. The park is huge and there are so many trails. Warning: There are a lot of trails so be mindful. I have had a few running buddies get lost and end up running a lot more than expected. There are paved and dirt trails. The trails are great for running, walking, and even horse back riding. Pawnee Prairie Park is located at 2625 S. Tyler.
9. Sedgwick County Park
Sedgwick County park is located at 6501 W. 21st St. The park has a bike trail, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball fields, volleyball courts, fishing, rollerblade hockey, and playgrounds. It is a great park to get outside and be active!
10. Group Runs or Rides
There are a lot of group runs or rides around the Wichita area. Joining a group is a great way to meet new people and stay active at the same time!
Running is always better with people. There are several different running groups in Wichita. They meet at different times throughout the year depending on the weather; therefore, it is always best to check out the websites to see when/where the groups will meet. A few sites to check are: http://www.firstgearrunningcompany.com/training/ and https://www.facebook.com/GoRunWichita/events.
There are a lot of cyclist in Wichita and a great way to get into cycling is to ride with a group. A great website to see when/where a group rides is http://bikewalkwichita.org/ict-cycling-coalition-calendar/. The site will also give a description about the event on the calendar. Another great community site for Wichita cycling is http://www.kansascyclist.com/guides/cities/Wichita.html. This site will provide you with an array of information about cycling in the Wichita area.
Trails at Great Plains Nature Center
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