Flint Hills
Nature Trail

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Topeka, KS
Completion date
June 2019

Our design team worked with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy to create a vision for the Flint Hills Nature Trail. 

The resulting master plan was the synthesis of months of discussions, public input meetings and design sessions directed toward making the FHNT one of our nation’s best trails. Components include wayfinding and signage and design for four signature bridges.

Working with CFS Engineers, RDG developed a master plan that breaks the 120-mile trail into a series of interpretive rooms. Each room is based on an important theme in that region, whether it is historical significance, natural landform, or cultural identity, and then makes recommendations on consistent sign aesthetic customized for each “room,” breaking the long trail into a series of smaller trails that can be “owned” by the surrounding community. 

The plan proposes four signature bridges along the trail to draw attention, promote local economic development and encourage people to ride the full length. Future phases of work will identify final materials, structural engineering needs and final construction documents.

Environmental Excellence Award
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Merit Award in Planning & Analysis
ASLA Central States
Honor Award in Planning & Analysis
ASLA Great Plains Chapter