outdoors

CYCLING / BIKE SHOPS / REPAIR / OUTFITTERS



Emporia, Kansas is home to Dirty Kanza 200, the world’s premier gravel grinder, held each year on the Saturday after Memorial Day. 2,000 plus riders come from all over the United States and many foreign countries to race the sun and ride through the beautiful Flint Hills. You too, can enjoy the peace and serenity of the Flint Hills whether riding, walking or driving. We invite you come anytime!

RIDING THE FLINT HILLS


Whether you are training for one of the many gravel cycling races across the country, such as the Dirty Kanza, or you want to take a leisure ride and just enjoy the outdoors, the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas is the place to be. Less than 4% of the 140 million acres of Tallgrass prairie remains. While traveling through the Flint Hills you can enjoy 40 grass species. Complimenting the beauty of the grasses and hundreds of wildflower species, you will find 150 bird species, 30 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 31 mammal species, and some 10 million insects per acre.

If you like a challenge, you might be interested in trying the Iconic Route Challenge by Dirty Kanza Promotions. They have put together three beginner, three intermediate, and four advance routes. For the "How to" and route maps click here: Iconic Route Challenge

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

Find Gravel Cycling, Running, and Bike Packing Routes.
 

GRAVEL CITY ADVENTURE & SUPPLY


Gravel City is an Emporia-grown company providing bicycles, accessories, equipment and supplies to the cycling, running and outdoor adventure communities. Gravel City is located at 716 Commercial St. The store is open Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 
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HIGH GEAR CYCLERY


High Gear is a family-owned shop started by experienced riders Matt and Stephanie Brown. High Gear’s mission is to offer small town service while featuring big city selection. What you can expect:
• Trek Certified Fit Technician
• USAC Certified Race Mechanic
• DT Swiss Certified Wheel Building, Suspension Technology
High Gear is located at 520 Commercial Street. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
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ECLECTIC BIKES


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 and repair and parts and accessories. Eclectic Bikes, owned and operated by Ron and Lorena Riedl, is located at 823 Commercial Street. Store hours are 10am – 6pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

DISC GOLF



The world’s largest disc golf tournament, the Glass Blown Open, is held right here in Emporia, Kansas! The event was founded in 2003 by Emporians Eric McCabe and Gabe Werly and hosted 88 competitors. The fledgling event gained tremendous prestige by awarding blown glass trophies crafted by world-renowned artist, Hal Berger. Over 1,100 disc golfers now compete on local courses in what is one of the PDGA National Tour Elite Series tournaments. A block party in downtown Emporia near the Dynamic Discs retail store concludes the tournament.

Emporia might not have invented disc golf, but we’ve perfected it. With five professional 18-hole disc golf courses in the city and two more champion level courses within 20 minutes, people come from all over the region to play and practice. Whether you are an expert wanting to practice for one of Emporia’s first-rate tournaments, a beginner working on improving your game, or a family wanting to spend some quality time together, come spend an afternoon or weekend playing our beautiful courses. Emporia is the place to tee off and have fun!

Play the Courses the Pros Use:


Peter Pan Park
Jones Park East
Jones Park West
Emporia Country Club
Eagle Disc Golf - Olpe (10 miles South of Emporia)
Chase Disc Golf – Cottonwood Falls (20 miles West of Emporia)
Flint Hills Technical College (9-hole)
Emporia Middle School (9-hole)

DYNAMIC DISCS


Dynamic Discs is the dynasty behind the disc golf movement in Emporia. Founded in March 2005 by Jeremy Rusco (in his basement), the company now employs around 50 workers. With hard work and exceptional customer service, Dynamic Discs has expanded and diversified their product line, which includes discs, bags, apparel, baskets, and accessories. 

DD has three retail stores located in Emporia, Kansas City, Kansas and Carrollton, Texas and the Emporia warehouse is bursting at the seams. Dynamic Discs has sixty-six sponsored team members around the world that represent the company, hosts several tournaments in our region every year, and sponsors hundreds of tournaments across the world.

Professional Course Design Services are also offered by Dynamic Discs with 2010 PDGA World Champion Eric McCabe consulting.

Visit Dynamic Discs Emporia retail store:
912 Commercial Street
(620) 208-3472
Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm
Sat 9am - 5 pm
Sun 1pm - 5pm
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THE FLINT HILLS



Over 250 million years ago the Flint Hills of Kansas was a vast inland sea that deposited great layers of limestone, shale, and flint. The Flints Hills were created as softer shales eroded away, leaving behind hardened flint shelves, in a process called differential erosion. 

Of the 140 million acres of Tallgrass prairie grasslands that once ranged from Indiana to eastern Kansas, and from Manitoba to Texas, less than four percent remains today. Complimenting the beauty of the grasses and wildflowers, you will find 150 bird species, 30 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 31 mammal species, and some 10 million insects per acre. With more than 40 grass species, some of which grow taller than your upstretched arms, and hundreds of wildflower species, native stone fences, barns, bridges, historic towns, breathtaking views, and serenity, the Tallgrass prairie eco system in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas is a sight to behold.

TALLGRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PRESERVE


The 10,894 acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast Tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Less than 4% of the 400,000 acres of Tallgrass prairie remains today. An area of the preserve includes an 1881 historic ranch house, a limestone barn and outbuildings, and a one-room schoolhouse. A bison herd was introduced to the preserve in 2009 and five maintained hiking trails are available at the preserve 24/7. A 10-minute orientation video and exhibits await in the visitor’s center, which is open 8:30 am through 4:30pm, May through October, and 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, November through April. There is no entrance fee. In 2008 the preserve was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.

David Traylor Zoo



Visit the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia and experience lush botanicals and nearly 400 specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles representing more than 80 species exhibited in natural habitats. You will see bald eagles, prairie dogs, a mountain lion, water features and the newest Lemur exhibit, Mission Madagascar, all in a beautifully landscaped setting.

The Emporia zoo is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). During Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) hours include Sundays & Wednesdays 10am to 8pm. You can also visit the Zoo Education Center from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  

There is no admission fee, but memberships to the Emporia Friends of the Zoo are available, which provide additional funding for Zoo projects.

The David Traylor Zoo is one of the nation’s smallest accredited zoos. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia
75 Soden Road
Emporia, Kansas 66801
Phone: (620) 341-4365
Email: [email protected]
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Miniature Train



The Sertoma miniature train is a favorite of children young and old. Located in Soden’s Grove Park on South Highway 99 at the Cottonwood River, the train operates from June 1 to August 31. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the train operates from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tickets are 50 cents per ride. Soft drinks, candy and ice cream bars are available at the depot.

The train follows a circular track for 1/3 mile through Soden's Grove Park near the Cottonwood River. The ride has been in operation since the late 1950's, with the Emporia Sertoma club taking over operation in 2001. 

The miniature train is available for private parties at $35 per hour. Call 620-412-3806 to make a reservation.
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