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Great workout if you just need a good burn. Took the older trails as well for a longer trek.

hiking
24 days ago

I did not get to hike the actual caverns. It was closed do to a geological event. (Large boulder fell in front of cave mouth.) I did what I could find of the trails on the surface. It was a good time. I got to see the entry to a couple of smaller caves and a lot of really nice scenery. I will try and go to the caves again in the spring.

hiking
27 days ago

Simple walk through the woods that contain some small glades.

Nice terrain and some good views. You get to the trail by walking directly out of the back door of the visitors center. Not difficult by any means, but I felt the path was a little unclear. Not as many markers to keep you in the right direction like many of the other trails at the national monument.

hiking
1 month ago

Although short it is pretty taxing as you climb back up the hill from the river. The trailhead is in the park store/restuarant parking lot. Goes to an old rock gazebo overlooking the river. Drops down to the river where there is another old pavillion and then back up to the top of the hill. Quite a workout.

well maintained trail with some nice Kansas scenery. The wife, pup and I covered this in just over an hour while stopping at the lake for pictures.

hiking
2 months ago

Go in the fall. In July I got covered by seed ticks even wearing deet.
Whole loop was tracked as 12 miles by our phones. It took about 5.5 hours, 7 with breaks. Beautiful cold, delicious fresh spring in the back of the long loop. We were able to refill water bottles and wade our tired feet.
Some steep ups and downs. Terrain changes often from crushed rock, dirt, grass and back again.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very good short trail with a good mix of hills and winding paths.

hiking
3 months ago

Went in early September after a week of rain so the water level was higher than usual. It was cloudy out so not too hot. Beautiful trail. Rocktown was amazing and we were the only ones there. Spotted some deer, lizards, and turtles. Love this trail! We will be returning.

Nicely kept gravel trail with beautiful views. Nice tree canopy, bird watching and streams along the way. Missed out on seeing bison!

Great hike and view.

Was a fun hike. Took my son on his first hike here. He liked it alot. Great veiw point. Got to see the buffalo. Alot of people were out the day we went but it was still pleasent.

hiking
3 months ago

If you are in the area Smith Falls is an absolute must see. On a road trip through the area? Stretch your legs and spend some time here. In recent years this area has become a destination for those who like lazy river activities and beautiful lush green camping. And for good reason. This is a gem of a find in a very unexpected location. That being said, the waterfall by itself is not something to drive across Nebraska for.

Nice loop with a neat spot in the middle to swim or just check out the rocks. Pretry easy trail. My mom hiked this trail with us and she is 82. We brought her a camp chair and she had a seat when she was tired. Very little shade so bring an umbrella is you plan to stick around. Steep entrance and exit.

3 months ago

Unusual rock formations. Be sure to grab the numbered pamphlet with the explanations and descriptions.

3 months ago

Easy, accessible, and the tallest waterfall in Nebraska! Good job Game and Parks!

on Bison Pasture Trail

3 months ago

Gorgeous, mostly shaded, and easy hike. Not crowded at all and saw a few deer.

love this unrated place.

The Canyon was cool in the valley with spectacular views that changed as the sun set. There are benches for resting, camp sites, and flushable toilets. Bring plenty of drinking water. It’s only $5 per person and the park stays open until 10pm. It is dog friendly and some trails for horses. We also saw mountain bike trails. I’d recommend this Canyon to families with kids and pets.

4 months ago

Amazing... like you're on another planet when you're there! Bring some shoes that you don't mind getting dirty and that have good traction so you can climb all the cool hills and rocks!

BRING BUG SPRAY! We used 40% Deet and did pretty well against the mosquitos. Anything less that that you might as well just run back to the car!

Great place for families. The view at the top is nice. There are several nice trails in the park near this one.

hiking
4 months ago

nice and easy!

hiking
4 months ago

Really cool area, lots of fossils if you are paying attention.

Fair amount of traffic on the trail, but we went during the last week of summer. We didn't hike the extra loops this time, but we plan to go back to try them in the future.

Loved this trail! Added Bromide Hill to the walk and was rewarded with a fabulous view. We even saw the bison. I really enjoyed the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. We will be back to hike some of the trails we haven't gotten to yet. And not too bad a drive from OKC.

Very nice walk and very clean and maintained. There are 3 loops that are a little more moderate hike that were fun. Pretty views.

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice hike for Kansas. Some pretty views of the lake. The small "canyon" portion of the hike is very pretty as well.

This was mostly a horse trail. The conservation department has re-routed the trail we were trying to follow causing us to take a wrong(?) turn and cutting a couple of miles off of our intended route. Instead of hiking down along the Niangua River we skirted the ridge above it. Also, according to the map, at one point we had a choice of three paths back to our vehicle. Fortunately, we chose the correct one as the other two ended up being closed to allow vegetation to regrow. However, we didn’t discover that until we saw signs where the other two “old” trails merged with the “new” one. Also, there was not one point where we could find an actual paper map to follow. We happened upon a campground that showed us where we were and where we needed to go. Be prepared to do a lot of up hill!

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