Ottawa is the largest community along the Prairie Spirit Trail, and features numerous restaurants, shops, and lodging options. Most of the amenities are located along Main Street (just a block or so east of the trail).
Ottawa is the county seat of Franklin County. It is located along the Marais des Cygnes River. It has a population of 12,649 (2010).
There are three convenient access points for the trail in town:
- Old Depot Museum: The northern-most point on the Prairie Spirit Trail, this historic structure served as the passenger depot for the railroad, and how houses the Franklin County historical museum, as well as functioning as a trailhead, with ample parking. Mile marker 58.4.
- Kanza Park: An Ottawa city park featuring a one-mile hard-surfaced walking trail, exercise stations, and an 18-hole disc golf course. Mile marker 59.9.
- Ottawa Trailhead: This trailhead is located near the southern end of the city, and features a self-pay permit station, water, picnic tables, and parking. Mile marker 60.6.
Heading south from the Old Depot Museum, the trail crosses the Marais des Cygnes River on the old railroad bridge. Immediately south of the river it intersects the east/west route of the Flint Hills Nature Trail. From there, the trail continues south on city streets (where it is, frankly, very poorly marked), before picking back up again as a discrete path at 5th Street. From there, the paved path heads past Kanza Park and the southern trailhead before heading out of town. South of 23rd Street, the trail is crushed limestone, with a short jog on the barricaded shoulder of US-59 highway as it passes beneath Interstate 35.
Directions South From Ottawa
Services along the Prairie Spirit Trail in Ottawa
|Photo||Service, Address, Phone||Services|
|Blue Star Cafe|
405 North Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Carnegie Cultural Center|
515 Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Casey's General Store|
334 North Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067-1920
1641 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
5th & Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant|
402 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
210 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Flint Hills Nature Trail|
7th and South Mason Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Franklin County Courthouse|
305 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Franklin County Visitor Information Center|
2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
216 West 13th Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
304 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Luigi's Italian Restaurant|
127 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
314 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Old Depot Museum|
135 West Tecumseh Street, Ottawa, KS 66067-2009
1775 S. Princeton Circle Dr., Ottawa, KS 66067
208 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
330 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Poncho's Mexican Restaurant|
429 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|Smoked Creations BBQ|
222 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067
|South Beach Cove|
1608 South Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067