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KANSAS CITY SERIES: Longview Trail in Lee’s Summit, MO

14 Oct

Things to do

in Kansas City

 

 This year, I’m going to be sharing a little bit of my home town with you. Occasionally, I will blog a little post like this one, highlighting some of our family’s favorite things to do. On this day, we checked out a bike trail, south of town, in a little suburb to see what adventures we would find. Even if you never have the chance to visit Kansas City, maybe you will begin to see your own town through visiting eyes.

 

Full Review of Longview Lake Trail

Date Visited the Trail: Saturday August 9th, 2014

Time of day: late morning 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Length of Trail: 7.5 miles one way; turn around for 15 miles.

Trail Material: Crushed Limestone, with some paved sections in low areas to avoid washout

Loose gravel limestone

Family Friendly: Yes. Great for beginning bike riders, tandems, and pull behind trailers. Not too crowded of a trail on a nice summer day, but many friendly faces to pass by and barbecues to smell.

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Stroller friendly: Very stroller friendly. No stairs or off roading.

Ease of use: some hills, but not steep inclines. Mostly winding flat terrain. Travel across several low bridges and through a tunnel. The kids loved to scream all the way through it. The trail is about 10 feet across, allowing enough to pass on coming riders at slower speeds.

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Scenery: The grass was mowed close to the trail, but the natural habitat is allowed to grow. You will pass marshy grass and ponds, as well as, views of the lake. Trees surround both sides and overhead at the south end of the trail and it clears out near the middle with wide rolling meadows and shelters for gatherings.

Places to park: There are several parking spots available. Some areas are more secluded and you want to make sure to lock you vehicle.

Conditions: The trail offers shade in some areas, but in others it is open and the sun can beat down. You might consider hats and sunscreen for little ones. Bring water with you! Many of the water fountains were not working. There were porta potties next to the locked bathrooms. Not sure why the bathrooms were not open. Some shelters did not offer handicap accessible porta potties.

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(Insert funny story real quick: I went to use this facility and as you can see it’s bigger, so I chose it, over the smaller one. My daughter pipes up, “Mom!! You can’t use that one! You’re not homeless”  Sigh).

 

Safety: The trail during the day seemed safe. Many people were fishing off the path or walking their dogs. As mentioned above, there are some secluded parts and wooded areas. It is our recommendation to use the trail during light hours (trails close at sundown)

Family Bike Ride at Longview Lake Trail

Trailhead locations: O’Donnell Park Shelter #9. Located just south off Sherer & Raytown roads. You may choose to start from the north, at Shelter 14, near the Marina. There are several other shelters where you can pick up the trail.

Other Things to Do at Longview Lake: boating, biking, camping, fishing, walking/hiking, horseback riding, swimming, picnic areas, RV.

 

 

Love,

Breanne

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