Map of the Little Blue Trace Trail

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Little Blue Trace Trail

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Little Blue Trace Trail


15 miles


unpaved / paved


Kansas City, Independence


natrual areas along the Little Blue River, local parks, commercial centers, residential neighborhoods


Little Blue Parkway Multi-Use Path


Kansas City

The Little Blue Trace Trail is a 15-mile long paved and unpaved pathway located in eastern Independence in Jackson County on the west side of Missouri. The trail meanders through the natural areas alongside the Little Blue River. The trail extends from E. Blue Mills Road on the north to Lees Summit Road on the south.

The trail connects local parks and miles of natural areas. There are relatively few road crossings along the way. The route goes through open countryside and passes through beautiful forests with lush undergrowth, through pretty meadows, past residential neighborhoods and commercial districts. There are pretty views of the river and a good chance of seeing some wildlife along the way.


The Little Blue Trace Trail has pavement in some sections, but for the most part has a surface of packed crushed limestone. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and running.

Points of Interest

The Little Blue Trace Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Little Blue Trace County Park
Heart of America Pop Warner Athletic Fields
Nearby Trails

The Little Blue Trace Trail connects to the multi-use paved pathway along S. Little Blue Parkway to the north of Interstate 70. There is also a multi-use path along E.R.D. Mize Road.

End Points

The north end of the Little Blue Trace Trail is located along E. Blue Mills Road, north of Highway 24 in Independence.

Trailheads are located at:

  • E. Blue Mills Road, north of Highway 24: parking and restroom
  • E. Old Lexington Road on the south side of Highway 24: parking and restroom.
  • E. Bundschu Road just west of the river: parking, no restroom
  • Highway 78, 1 mile west of the rounddabout with N. Twyman Road: parking and restroom.
  • Necessary Road off of Little Blue Parkway: parking, no restroom

The south end of the Little Blue Trace Trail is located near the intersection of Lee's Summit Road and Phelp Road, southwest of the interchange ob Interstate 470 and Highway 40.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Little Blue Trace Trail in Jackson County, Missouri.