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Kansas Trails

Click to see large map.  Kansas Trails courtesy Kansas Department of Transportation.



Roads and Trails of Kansas




Abilene Cattle Trail

California Trail

Cannonball Stage Route

Cattle Trails of the Prairies

Cherokee Trail

Chisholm Trail

Ellsworth Cattle Trail

Fayetteville Emigrant Trail

Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail

Fort Leavenworth-Fort Kearny Military Road

Fort Leavenworth-Fort Scott Military Trail

Freemont's Expeditions of the American West

Great Western Cattle Trail

Jones and Plummer Trail

Kaw Trail



Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express

The Lewis & Clark Expedition

Mormon Trail

Oregon Trail

Parallel Road

Pony Express

Route 66

Sac and Fox Trail

Santa Fe Trail

Indian Attacks at Pawnee Rock

Nine Mile Ridge Massacre

Santa Fe Trail Through Kansas

Smoky Hill Trail

A Stage Journey to Denver

Stage Routes of Kansas



Kansas probably has more frontier trails than any other state, being the jumping off during westward expansion. In addition to the emigrant trails to the west, including the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe Trails, the Sunflower State also provides a number of military trails which connected the many Old West Forts in the state, as well as cattle trails such as The Chisholm Trail and the Dodge City and Ellsworth Cattle Trails. Old stage routes include the Smoky Hill Trail and the Cannon Ball Stage Coach Road. Along with these there are several old explorer routes including that of Lewis & Clark, Zebulon Pike and Nathanial Boone. Beyond the Old West, a short peek Route 66 can also be seen in Kansas.


Get off I-70 and enjoy the history of Kansas' many old trails, and explore historic forts, old stagecoach stations, ghost towns, and a lot more along the way.



Kathy Weiser/Legends of Kansas, updated May, 2015.



 Santa Fe Trail, Diamond Springs, Kansas

Santa Fe Trail in the ghost town of Diamond Springs, Kansas.

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Mahaffie Farmstead in Olathe, Kansas

The Mahaffie Farmstead in Olathe, Kansas was built in 1865,  Kathy Weiser, April, 2009.

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