Winding north from Marysville, Kansas lies a retired railroad bed splitting the Big Blue River on the west and bordered on the east by limestone outcroppings, grass covered bluffs, and open farm fields.
Come and enjoy a quiet run, a leisurely walk with a friend or family time as you ride down the trail on your bikes and search for wildlife in this natural playground. The crushed limestone on the trail provides a smooth surface for walking, jogging, biking and cross country skiing. An abundance of wildlife, plant life and bird species live along the trail and promise to make your visit a truly memorable experience.
The Blue River Rail Trail stretches about thirteen miles from Marysville to the Nebraska border and encompasses 120 acres. The corridor passes through a diversity of habitats, including upland areas of mixed shrubs and grasslands following watershed ridges, low flood plain and stream crossings, timber, pastures, and adjoining cropland. An abundance of wildlife, plant life, and bird species live along the trail and promise to make this hike or bike ride a truly memorable experience.
In December, 2013, Marshall County Connection, Inc (MCC) was awarded a grant of $30,000 from the Sunflower Foundation in Topeka, KS to complete the Blue River Rail Trail from Marietta, KS to the Kansas-Nebraska state line. This 4.2 mile section will mark the completion of the trail from its current trailhead on Jayhawk Road to the state line where it will join the Homestead Trail and form a continuous trail from Marysville to Lincoln, Nebraska, a distance of nearly 70 miles. It is anticipated that the Homestead Trail will be completed as early as late 2014. The Sunflower grant will be used to purchase material to surface the trail with limestone screenings. The grant does, however, require a dollar for dollar match. Consequently, MCC will need to raise $30,000 in order to utilize the grant. We have minimalized the cost of development of this trail by using volunteer labor as well as donated equipment and supplies. Please join us in this wonderful opportunity to help create a longer hike or bike ride, and enjoy another piece of Marshall County with a gift that will benefit your community for generations to come.
The Blue River Rail Trail has been listed in the Top Ten Rail-Trails for American History by the Rails-to Trails Conservancy.