Emporia, Kansas is home to an avid cycling community, and the surrounding Flint Hills offer some of the best and most challenging gravel cycling opportunities in the nation. We’re nicknamed Gravel City for a reason! Emporia also hosts the Dirty Kanza, 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.
Ride the Flint Hills
Whether you’re training for a gravel cycling competition 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, so be respectful and stay on public roads. Please don’t climb fences or open gates.
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