History on the trail


The Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail connects with other metropolitan cities to provide you miles of trails and quiet beauty and provides a connection to historical aspects of Overland Park prior to and following the arrival of pioneers "going west."  Bison may have waded into Indian Creek in Overland Park to quench their thirst or cool down on a hot Kansas summer day.


New interpretive signs are to be placed along the trail. Installation of up to 18 signs will depict archival photographs, maps and other images. Further, the panels feature well-researched original historical narratives about the names of the various streets that cross or intersect with the trail, as well as other points of interest, such as bison.

"The Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park is about to be transformed from a walk through 'Anywhere,' USA into a hike through history," said Henry Fortunato, Overland Park and founder of Sunflower Republic and director of the Indian Creek Trail Interpretive Signage Project.

Fortunato, working with the Johnson County Museum and Overland Park to install interpretive signs along the Indian Creek Trail. Historical information on signs includes how College Boulevard got its name from a jocular suggestion, where the names of prominent roads - Roe and Mission - came about.

"When completed, this collection of exhibit panels will foster a sense of place and a deeper understanding of how Overland Park and Johnson County came to be what they are today," Forunato added.

 Bike and Hike Trails

Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(open year round)

The Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail is almost 17 miles long and is patrolled during the summer by the Overland Park Police Department. (See trail map or bike map)

The 10-mile Overland Park portion starts at Foxhill South Park, 109th and El Monte, and follows Indian Creek south and west to Forest Creek Park, 125th and Pflumm.

A connecting link continues south along Quivira Road toward the Tomahawk Creek Trail via 127th and Nieman.

Trail Specifics

Generally, the trail is level and flat; it is paved, approximately 10 feet wide with mile markers every half mile. There are some steep grades for short sections:

·         South of Indian Creek between Nall and Lamar

·         Near 105th and Conser

·         Along Interstate 435, west of Antioch

·         Other sections where the trail approaches streets or bridges.

There are no emergency phones along the trail, however, there are pay phones at some parks.

All types of non-motorized bicycles can be used on the trail; dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.

Accessibility

The trail is wheelchair accessible and all trail heads have accessible parking and access to the trail.

Parking

Parking is available at seven parks and one recreation center:

·         Switzer Park, 138th and Switzer

·         Foxhill South, 109th and El Monte

·         Foxhill North, Indian Creek Parkway and Roe (behind Suburban Lawn and Garden)

·         Roe, 105th and Roe

·         Indian Creek Recreation Center, 103rd and Marty

·         Corporate Woods Founders', 9711 W. 109th St.

·         Indian Valley, 116th and Knox

·         Quivira, 119th and Quivira

Local Bike & Hike Trails

There are more than 35 miles of paved trails that include the:

·         Turkey Creek Streamway

·         Shawnee Mission Park

·         Mill Creek Streamway