Frequently Asked Questions

What is Paola Pathways?

Paola Pathways is a multi-use trails system connecting the community of Paola, Kansas. Developed by a diverse task force, financed with generous donations from individuals and businesses, and managed by the City of Paola, the system links key locations throughout the city, especially schools, parks, and recreational facilities. Trails include a variety of surfaces and distances designed for walkers, runners, and bicyclists. For more, visit our About Us page.

Where are the trails located?

Paola Pathways currently consists of two trail systems: Lake Miola, located at the City-owned lake on the northeast edge of town, and Wallace Park, located in a popular multi-purpose destination just south of downtown Paola. For more on each trail, click on its page link.

How can I access the trails?

Visit our Trail Map page to find directions to the trails. Parking is available at the trailheads.

How long is each trail?

Distances vary from 0.4 to 1.5 miles. For more on specific distances, as well as information on terrain, exposure, and features, visit the Wallace Park and Lake Miola pages.

Who owns Paola Pathways?

The trail system is located entirely on City-owned property or right of way. A portion of Rock Stadium Trail in Wallace Park is on property generously made available by the Miami County Fair Board.

Who maintains the trails?

The City of Paola's Public Works Department constructs and maintains the trails, providing Paola Pathways with in-kind manpower and equipment services. Volunteers ensure the trail kiosks and paths are tidy.

Who do I contact if a trail needs maintenance?

Email our Community Outreach Coordinator at for general inquiries or maintenance concerns.

When will the trails be completed?

The three Wallace Park trails were completed in 2014, and the Lake Miola trail is set to be completed in early 2019. For more on the timeline, visit our About Us page.

Can I use the trails for an event?

Trail events are approved through the Paola City Clerk’s office. Contact City Hall at 913-259-3600 to request a Community Event Permit Application.

Can I bring my scooter/dirtbike/golf cart/car on the trail? What about my pet?

The Paola Pathways trails are only open to non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians. Leashed pets are welcome, and pet waste stations are available throughout the trail. For more, see our Rules & Etiquette page.

How can I donate/volunteer/show my support?

Thanks for your interest in supporting Paola Pathways! The trails are only possible with the generosity of a number of caring partners. Visit our Get Involved page page for all of the ways you can help.

What if I still have a question?

Visit our Contact Us page to reach out to us in a myriad of ways.