Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from April until June.
Nature Trail Loop at the Konza Prairie is a 2.8 Mile loop takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before you enter into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. A short spur takes to the Hokanson Homestead built in 1878. A trail guide is available at the trailhead that describes key points and geography of the Flint hills prairie. The trail is lined with limestone pea gravel or follows a service road that is either bare dirt or limestone gravel.
It was a beautiful morning and a beautiful hike!!!!
It was a beautiful morning for a beautiful hike!!!!!
Went with 3 kids (8,7, 5) and it was a great distance and had nice variety, good vista mid-trail, fun bridge and we even saw 2 deer.
The scenery is absolutely incredible! The first hill is a pretty rough climb, but once you get to the top- and the Flint Hills roll out in front of you- you can't wait to climb it again.
Great prairie views! It was about 98 degrees when we hiked it, but the breeze was perfect. We also saw 7 wild turkeys as we were finishing the hike! Alas, we did not see any bison.
A really cool trail, has some nice views and there are different paths to take. Loved it.
Excellent!!! Can't wait to go back!
Excellent trail. There's a self-guided map you can follow if you want. Easy to follow posted signs. Will be back to do the longer trail.
Very well maintained path throughout the hike. This is just the first of three loop trails you can take at the facility so, if you have the time, go for the longest one - 6.1 miles. There is plenty of parking and there are trail maps at the shed at the start of the trail. They ask for a $2 donation which is worth paying. The map brochure also explains the numbered signs along the trail. There is a potty located about a mile into the hike which is a self composting facility so you need to follow the directions. We saw plenty of wildflowers and a few lizards on our walk through the prairie so well worth deviating the 5 miles off of I70.
The hike was very beautiful and quick to complete. The bathroom facilities were clean and it is nice that pets are not allowed on the path, so you don't have to worry where you step. The guidebooks were nice to follow along with. There is zero shade though, so make sure to bring plenty of water. It was quite a scorcher out there in August.