The quiet and functional beauty of Indian Creek Trail: Best of KC 2019

Twenty-something miles of serenity in south KC and JoCo. // Photo by Zach Bauman

Our annual Best of Kansas City 2019 issue is out now. Go grab a copy. Alternatively, you can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also includes a list, compiled and written by The Pitch’s editorial staff, shouting out some of our current favorite things about KC. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout the month of October.

We are city people for whom the surprises and grit of urban life are a feature, not a bug. The chain stores and cul-de-sacs and colorless comforts of suburbia generally hold little allure for us. Sometimes, though, during our travels in the ‘burbs, we stumble upon something special—something we wish we had where we live. The Indian Creek Trail is one of those things.

It begins in south KCMO, where it connects to the Blue River Trail near the 3&2 youth baseball stadium off Bannister Road, and shoots west along Indian Creek for more than 20 miles: past Holmes, then Wornall, then Watts Mill, and on into the Kansas suburbs of Leawood, Overland Park, and Olathe. The path is paved and not too hilly (highly bikeable) and lined with abundant foliage, bridges, birds, and other bits of serene, nature-y goodness. It’s also a practical way to get around, provided you live or work nearby. You could hop on at Leawood City Park, or Roe Park, or Mission Farms, and take the trail to Topgolf, or Corporate Woods, or the Overland Park campus of Ottawa University, or the Gates on State Line (if you feel like nullifying all that exercise). Indian Creek Trail isn’t new, and many of you are likely already aware of its virtues. Like we said, though: We’re city folk. We didn’t know. Now that we do, we’re finding ourselves out south a little more often. It’s not so bad.

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