Kaw River Trail

The 10-mile walking and biking trail follows the Kansas River atop the levee on the north side of the Kansas River with convenient parking.

photo: Building a rock gabion wall along the trail. Photo by Kansas DWPT.

Length: 4.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Urban/Rural
State(s): Kansas
Counties: Shawnee
Longitude: -95.23905
Latitude: 39.0003

Driving Directions

Trailhead begins inside flood control levee west of Hwy intersection 24, 40 and 59 in North portion of Lawrence. Trail runs about 4 miles north along Kansas River.


Located along the north bank of the Kansas River, the Lawrence Levee Trail runs along the top of the flood-control levee on the outskirts of Lawrence. The trail offers views of nearby farmland and the river as well as the downtown area of Lawrence, on the opposite bank.

In the north, the trail provides access to Riverfront Park, which features a disc golf course, off-leash dog park and a wildlife and native grass preserve. At the southeastern end of the trail, various hiking and mountain biking spur trails provide a diverse range of experiences closer to the Kansas River.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Lawrence Parks and Rec. Department
P.O. Box 708
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 832-3450



Building a rock gabion wall along the trail. Photo by Kansas DWPT.

Building a rock gabion wall along the trail. Photo by Kansas DWPT.


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