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River Trails (the Sandrat Trail) in Lawrence, KS
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The River Trails in Lawrence, Kansas

The Sandrat Trail, also known as the "River Trail". It's a very-runable, fairly smooth, and nicely shaded trail between the levee and Kaw River just north of Downtown Lawrence.
 
The trail is a good place to have a "recovery run" after an injury; at least that's what some of us think.  With its short, rolling hills and smooth, fast surface, it is a very forgiving course to run on.  It's also a blast to run a quick tempo run on, whether or not you are a trail runner or pavement-pounder, it's just good fun.

Directions from I-435 and KS-10 W, in Johnson County, KS
Head west on K-10 to Lawrence (26.7 mi)
Turn right at S Massachusetts St, head north through downtown (2.1 mi)
Cross over Kaw River on bridge.
Turn right at E Elm St
Turn right at N 4th St
N 4th St turns left and becomes Walnut St
Turn right at N 8th St
Cross over levee
Park in parking lot
Or:
West on I-70 from Kansas City
Take first Lawrence Exit (40/59 Highway Exit)
Turn right at E Elm St
Turn right at N 4th St
N 4th St turns left and becomes Walnut St
Turn right at N 8th St
Cross over levee
Park in parking lot

Map to Parking Lot for the River Trail

TRAIL MAP

This trail is used in the annual Sandrat Trail Run.  It's a fairly smooth, very fast trail, with very few rocks and roots.  All of its hills are small "rollers" and are very runable.  It drains well after a rain, except for its east side.
 
This trail has mountain bike traffic.  DO NOT WEAR HEADPHONES, AND YIELD TO MOUNTAIN BIKES!  (Unless you like being flattened by a knobby-tired Klein).
 

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Run carefully!

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