Elk City State Park is located in Montgomery County, approximately 5 miles northwest of Independence, Kansas. The State Park was leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1967 and the lease area involved 1,127 acres for the period of 25 years, for Public Park and recreational purposes. The Elk City project maintains approximately 4,500 water acres at normal flood pool. The lease has since been amended and presently the lease agreement is for 857 acres.
This is hands down my favorite trail in Kansas. Lots of great inclines, flats. Water sources for filtration are readily accessible. Trail is very secluded.
Many different sections to hike if you arent up to the full 15.+ mile trail.
Would rate more stars if I could.
Due to time constraints, we were only able to do a 5 mile round trip hike.
It was a warm day in February, so it was a perfect time to go.
brush was still dormant, and no bugs.
There was a little water at the crossings. It was quiet. We are the only ones there.
Our pup really enjoyed it. I would Donnelly come back to hike and wild like to check out the primitive camping.
Beautiful, rugged and superbly maintained and well marked trail. Abundant water. Countless primitive camp locations. Old growth hardwoods and pine, cedars. Clear water streams. Wildlife viewers paradise. Hiked from west trailhead to east camped around 8mile marker. Returning later to do east trailhead to west. Drove 3hrs to get here...but would have been happy to drive 6hrs, cause its that awesome.
Hiked this the last day of 2016. Two friends and myself that haven't done much hiking in a few years had a blast. For Kansas it's hard to beat, very well marked trail with blue paint. I believe there is enough here for any level of hiker. Highly recommended.
This is a scenic trail with a lot of woods and cool rock formations. This trail is very well marked and has plenty of water filtering possibilities. I've never felt the need to carry more than two quarts on this trail. In a pinch you would never have to go off trail more than half a mile and far less most of the time to reach the lake or river. This trail does have a lot of up and down and in places is rocky. I suggest wearing good boots. I've seen thin soles and lack of ankle support steal a little joy from this trip in the past. Over all this is an excellent trail that would be very difficult to become lost on and has endless places to hang a hammock. Great trail.
Great day of hiking, my girlfriend and I just through hiked this trail 11-05-16. We park a vehicle at both ends and started at the end ( mile 15 ) and made our way to the beginning near the dame. We packed light and managed to make it all the way through in right at 7 hour. The entire trail is very well-marked and great for a long one day or 2 day hike.
Miles 1-3 are definitely the hardest. There's a fare amount of steep hill with loose rock ( easy to twist aankle when the rocks are covered with leaves). Miles 4-15 stay pretty close to the river and are flat and easy hiking for the most part.
Backpacked this trail with a girlfriend recently. Parked one car at the west end and drove to other car to the east end to begin our hike. Hiked 10 miles the first day and had the primitive campground next to a lovely creek all to ourselves. Then hiked the remaining 5 miles the next day. There were plenty of water crossings for filtering water. Trail was VERY well marked. Almost overly marked, but I'm not complaining. The scenery and rock formations were beautiful. We had to constantly remind ourselves we were in Kansas. Walking through some of the big rock formation corridors reminded us of the movie Labyrinth. Very cool.