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Flint Hills Nature Trail / Rails to Trails


category : Recreation
"A trail passing through paradise". A 115 mile gravel and wood chip covered trail for non-motorized recreation passes through Council Grove between Osawatomie and Herington, Kansas. Council Grove is a wonderful access point to the trail for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding opportunities offered to those who want to view the Flint Hills from a unique vantage point.


Come visit us in Council Grove, Kansas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Old Bell Monument

Perched high on a hill overlooking the town and Neosho River valley below, this bell was erected in 1866 to warn townsfolk of Indian raids. It also served as a school and church bell for nearly 30 years.

Council Grove, KS Monuments

Post Office Oak and Museum

This 300-year-old bur oak (just the trunk remains) served as the unofficial post office for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail from 1825-1847. Passing caravans could leave messages for future travelers in a cache in the base of the tree. A stone building erected in 1864

Council Grove, KS Landmarks

Council Oak

A shelter east of the Neosho River bridge protects the stump of the Council Oak. Gathered in the shade of the big oak on a hot August day in 1825

Council Grove, KS Landmarks

Farmers and Drovers Bank Building

A Council Grove landmark, the Farmers and Drovers Bank is one of the community's most ornate buildings. The two-story red brick bank with limestone trim was built in 1892 for $20,000. Its "eclectic"

Council Grove, KS Historic Buildings

Seth Hays Home

The town founder, Seth Hays, built this home in 1867. His slave, Aunt Sally, lived in the basement and cared for Hays and his adopted daughter, Kittie Robbins, until her death in 1872. Hays died a year later, February 3, 1873

Council Grove, KS Museums

Things to do Recreation near Council Grove, KS

Pitch your tent under the stars! Camp along the banks of the Walnut River among the deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife ...