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
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.
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.
The trail is wheelchair accessible and all trail heads have
accessible parking and access to the trail.
Parking is available at seven parks and
one recreation center:
138th and Switzer
109th and El Monte
Indian Creek Parkway and Roe (behind Suburban Lawn and Garden)
105th and Roe
Indian Creek Recreation Center,
103rd and Marty
Corporate Woods Founders',
9711 W. 109th St.
116th and Knox
119th and Quivira
Local Bike & Hike
There are more than 35 miles of paved trails that include the:
Turkey Creek Streamway
Shawnee Mission Park
Mill Creek Streamway