3-Trails Retracement Corridor Plan

Kansas City Metro

The 3-Trails National Historic Trail traces through what is today 17 local municipalities. Because of this, the Mid-America Regional Council teamed with Vireo to provide outreach and design coordination assistance to the National Park Service (NPS). Joint discussions among local municipalities touched by this national historic trail led to the development of a continuous alignment and a regionally-approved approach to its commemoration. Typical cross sections were designed for multi-use and single use trail conditions in neighborhoods, parks, and downtown areas alongside stream networks or roadways.

Additional historical trail elements developed for this project include:

  • Decorative sidewalks, crosswalks, and surface materials

  • Ground plan navigation tiles

  • Typical trailhead or transit stops

  • Tree, shrub, perennial, and grass species suggestions