Linear Trail

The Linear Trail in Manhattan is a city bike path with paved and crushed limestone segments, popular with walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The family-friendly trail is over nine miles in length and circles the majority of the community. It follows the riparian corridors of the Kansas and Big Blue rivers, as well as Wildcat Creek. As you travel the trail, enjoy the natural sights and the diverse wildlife of these scenic areas.  

There are several trailheads and access points for this popular trail: 

  • Kimball Avenue & Hudson Avenue
  • 3131 Anderson Avenue
  • Richards Drive
  • Casement Road & Hayes Road
  • US 24 & Blue River Levee Drive
  • Temple Lane
  • Pecan Circle
  • South Manhattan Avenue

Linear Trail: Construction Update

Linear Trail will be closed for construction from South Manhattan Avenue to the Blue River Access Area (US-24 Boat Ramp) starting February 1, 2022.  The Linear Trail from the Blue River Access Area north to Casement Road at Hayes Drive will also close later this spring. Linear Trail will remain closed until spring 2024 to allow for completion of the Manhattan Levee project. The Linear Trail system will be restored and reopened at the completion of the project. During construction, access to the parking lot and boat ramp at US-24 will remain and Linear trail will remain open from South Manhattan Avenue to the west.

The project, administered by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will substantially enhance the reliability and structural integrity of the Manhattan Levee system and increase the level of protection from flooding events along both the Big Blue River and Kansas River. The project will raise the height of the levee and replace structures and equipment along the levee that were installed with the original project in the early 1960s.

Questions regarding the Manhattan Levee Project and trail closures can be directed to Bill Heatherman at

Information about alternate biking and walking trails can be found at

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