The final steps are being completed on a recreational trail that will stretch between McPherson and Lindsborg.

The final steps are being completed on a recreational trail that will stretch between McPherson and Lindsborg.

The Meadowlark Trail, which lies on a former railroad track, is getting covered with limestone screening.

The limestone, when made wet, will harden, making a smooth, even trail.

The trail out of McPherson begins at the intersection of Moccasin and Old Highway 81. It then goes up to Lindsborg, and stretches a total of 12.4 miles.

Four miles out of McPherson already have been completed, while eight miles remain leading up to Lindsborg. However, before limestone is laid on the rest of the trail, maintenance, such as removing weeds and grass, must be finished.

“It takes a lot of prep work,” said Dean Stewart, project coordinator for the trail.

The trail has been known to cause issues with nearby land owners, who argue the conservancy trespasses on their personal property when doing maintenance. Michelle Cullen, president of the Central Kansas Conservancy, said adjacent land owners have been cooperative with the conservancy.

“We have not had any issues on the first four miles,” she said.

If the weather cooperates, the rest of the trail should be finished by the end of next week.

Cullen said the finances to finish the trail are coming from greater public support, recent right-of-way acquisitions and new funding from state grants, including the Sunflower Trail Grant.

“We're finally getting the funds pulled together,” she said.

The first two miles of the trail were finished just before Christmas, when consistent bad weather put a halt on construction. Despite that, activity on the trail has significantly increased.

Cullen said the trail already has been used for a number of activities, including bike riding and geocaching.

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game in which a global positioning system is used to locate a hidden container. Participants will find the container and either take an item or leave something behind, then share their experience online.

There are about five geocaches on the trail.

“It’s a great, fun activity for families to do,” she said.

Cullen said the conservancy will continue to pursue other grants after the trail's completion and will continue to provide maintenance.