Emporia, Kansas is home to avid cycling community, and the surrounding Flint Hills offer some the best and most challenging gravel road cyling opportunities in the nation. We’re nicknamed Gravel City for a reason! Emporia also hosts the Dirty Kanza 200, known as the “World’s Premier Gravel Grinder” each year on the Saturday after Memorial Day. More than 2,000 riders come from all over the United States and many foreign countries to race through 200 miles in the beautiful Flint Hills.

Riding the Flint Hills

Whether you are training for a gravel ride like the Dirty Kanza 200, or you want to take a leisure ride and just enjoy the outdoors, the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas is the place to be. While traveling through the Flint Hills you can enjoy 40 grass species, native stone fences, hundreds of wildflowers, 150 species of birds, barns, bridges, historic towns, breathtaking views, and quiet serenity.

Because the Flint Hills is the rarest of North American ecosystems, we respectfully ask that you:

  • Keep the roads clean – thank you for not littering
  • Be careful with matches and cigarettes
  • Take photos of wildflowers and leave blooms for all to enjoy
  • Most of the land is privately owned, be respectful and stay on public roads. Please don’t climb fences or open gates.


Where to RideBike Shops & Outfitters

Camp Alexander

1783 Rd P5, Emporia, KS 66801 | 620-342-1386 | Website

Located in Lyon County Kansas, east of Emporia, Camp Alexander provides 90 acres of stunning outdoor adventure filled with plush woods, ponds and rolling meadows. Whether you are looking for… Read more

Community Group Rides

716 South Commercial Street, Emporia, KS 66801 | Website

Emporia has an incredible community of cyclists, with several groups holding weekly gravel rides year round for beginners, advanced cyclists and everyone in-between. Events are open to all adventure-enthusiasts. Many… Read more

Dirty Kanza Promotions

11 West 8th Avenue, Emporia, KS 66801 | (620) 208-BIKE (2453) | Website

If you’re looking for cycling, running, or bike packing routes through the Flint Hills, Dirty Kanza Promotions has scouted, mapped, and rated the best! Routes are sorted by difficulty level, from beginner… Read more

ESU Campus Bike Trails

201 E 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801 | Website

Located just north of the Emporia State University recreation center, this trail has some challenging turns, climbs, and terrain changes. You will ride up, over, and around logs, camel backs, and slabs… Read more

Eclectic Bikes

823 Commercial Street, Emporia, KS 66801 | 620-208-6200 |

Eclectic Bikes is a specialty retail bicycle shop featuring unique bicycles, some from past eras, some collectibles, all functional and fun to ride. Rentals are available as well as service… Read more

Gravel City Adventure and Supply Co

716 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801 | 620-208-7680 | Website

Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. is an Emporia-grown company providing equipment and supplies to the cycling and outdoor adventure communities. Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. aims to “Build… Read more

High Gear Cyclery

520 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801 | 620-342-4977 | Website

High Gear Cyclery is an Emporia-grown business owned by Matt and Stephanie Brown. Both are experienced riders with 21 years of shop ownership. High Gear’s mission is to offer small… Read more