Eddy-Ballentyne Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, MO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
As the other reviews said, the trail is not as well maintained as others in the area but it made for a fun adventure. The trail head is hard to find and littered with human things - garden hose, tires, trash - so the first impression isn't great. This is the second time I have hiked this trail, it appeared to be marked better this time than last. There is a fallen tree across the trail that nearly had me crawling to get under it. But the scenic terrain and the wild turkey we came across made it all worth the while.
The trail is not as well maintained as it used to be, and the entrances, especially easternmost, are wrought with human detritus: tires, garbage bags, etc. It's a nice short hike with great limestone outcropping to explore.
The area is nice but there are many places the trail is overgrown, I also had trouble finding the trail many times because it's not clearly marked a lot of places. I ended up making this into a 6 mile loop by exploring what looked like ATV trails in the area. I enjoyed all the rock outcroppings, this would be a good place to explore in the winter.
When we tried to find this trail we understood it would be difficult. We tried the location given by this app and it led us into an apartment complex to a dead end, see picture. We tried an address someone put for a group meetup and it took us to a golf course but we never saw the trail head. Does anyone have actual coordinates of the trail head, please?
Pretty good trail for being in the city, steady paced climb and very dense.
Only problems we had with the trail were finding the place due to the fact it's nearly unmarked with no parking, and quite a bit of overgrowth and A LOT of ticks.
But once you find the trail it is quite the rewarding experience.
It was a nice family trail, not the best parking spot.
Hiked this trail last year while seeking something close to the city that wasn't paved or too heavily trafficked. This one is along Blue River Rd, not too far south from Swope Park, within city limits. Very surprising and unique. It's a short day hike; you can cover it in 1-2 hours easily. The area is well wooded, with surprisingly hilly, rocky terrain, and a creek that runs if there's been a recent rain. Could be better maintained, but the ruggedness is part of the appeal. Lots of spurs, enough that we got off-trail. Most of it is well-marked and not hard to follow. Looking forward to another visit!
This is a great "go to" trail for me. I take my dog here quite a bit. To mix it up, we sometimes start at the exit point and work our way backwards. Love sitting on the outcroppings. Fun trail to just leisurely stroll. Some parts are primitive, but that's what makes it fun.
Just hiked this the other day, I really enjoyed the trail. Cool creek beds and rock formations. A good short hike.
My only complaint is the only place to park is a little extra room on the side of the road in a couple spots.
Great for a short hike with the dogs and kids. Good for a trail running loop. A couple climbs, but not strenuous - unless you're wearing flip flops. Lots of ticks and Ivy in the summer.