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TOP FLINT HILLS ROUTES YOU HAVE TO RIDE Whether you are here to race in the epic Dirty Kanza, or to experience the solitary beauty of the landscape for yourself, Emporia has the cycling Nadventure E B R A Sfor KA you. The Iconic Route Series offers the K perfect A N S Aride, S regardless of your skill level.

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WASHINGTON Murder Ordained

MARYSVILLE

SENECA

Despite its ominous name, ‘Murder Ordained’ is a very tame, beginner-friendly route. It is nearly pancake flat with only 249 Washington Marshall ft. of climbing over the 13.8 miles.

Nemaha Pottawatome

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Kahola Krusher

CLAY CENTER

Clay

Many Dirty Kanza veterans know Kahola Lake quite well, as it is featured in the final leg of many editions of the famed gravel Riley race. This scenic route will give riders the same taste of those hills without the epic MANHATTAN distance, it is only 53.4 miles.

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The Grind

HOLTON

WAMEGO

ALMA

JUNCTION CITY

Jackson

TOPEKA This route is not to be taken lightly by even B A C D E F the most accomplished gravel riders. Riders G ABILENE Geary Shawnee G H I J K L will be completely on their own with little to Explore the Flint Hills Trail State Park by bike, hiking or on horseback. This ESKRIDGE no civilization in sight for the first 100 miles 94-mile trail stretches between Osawatomie and Council Grove. It is the of its 143.1 miles before arriving in the first Wabaunsee seventh longest rail-trail in America, and the longest trail in Kansas. Trail town to resupply. Not for the faintC of heart!

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COUNCIL GROVE

DickinsonTwo

Wheel Pioneers

FLINT HILLS TRAIL STATE PARK

B heads

are in Admire, Allen, Bushong, and Council Grove.

Ever wondered what the prairie was like for Morris our pioneer forebears? Come check it out A for yourself! The wide open prairies of the Flint Hills look largely today I as they always D have. This 3 day, 2 night bike-packing EMPORIA COTTONWOOD Emporia has more than gravel. MARION route gives you the opportunity FALLS H E to be a two-wheel pioneer For mountain bike lovers, Camp F yourself and explore Alexander features 4.3 miles of Marion two very historical Lyon singletrack trails with a wide Kansas towns.

SINGLE TRACK TRAILS

Chase

variety of terrains. Ride the

NEWTON

Cottonwood River Trail, with

CASSODY

the trail head at the All Veterans Memorial, or the Campus Trails at ESU. EUREKA

EL DORADO

WICHITA

BIKE STATIONS J

K

L

Unexpected flat or need a quick repair? Bike repair stations are located around town, including at the All Veterans Memorial, Emporia State University and the parking lot at 8th Ave. and Merchant Street.

YATES CENTER Woodson

Greenwood

Butler

HOWARD

Find GPS or printable maps and more routes at gravelcityadventure.com. Elk

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WINFIELD

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