Cave Spring park is the only privately run and owned park in the KC area that offers hiking trails, scout programs and picnic areas 365 days a year. The park is open from dawn till dusk. If the gate is not open please check the website for updates or call them. The park just added a 1 mile outer loop hiking-jogging trail. There are 4.2 miles of continuous hiking trails counting cutbacks. It will take the average hike about an hour to hike the main trails but add another 45 mins if you do side trails and cutbacks. As for trash and trail conditions. The park is maintained by volunteers. 100%. Boy Scouts, Church Groups and the like. The only full time person is an 83 year old man who has made the park his life and spends nearly every day up there working and cleaning. The park is always looking for more help and programs. www.cavespring.org. The Parks difficulty level of hiking is low. It is a great place for kids and pets with leashes.
This a fun trail to take my 5 year old on. I jave taken my dogs. but there are some narrow points on the trail that make it moderatly difficult for passing hikers.
Overall, this trail is a lot of fun with alternate routes branching off the main trail all over the place.
I wouldn't consider this "hiking" unless you bring kids or are just looking for a way to wander around in the woods but still be in town. There was trash all around the pond and throughout the trail, and you can see houses/hear traffic the entire time as well. Short little walk around what I would consider more of a park than hiking trails.