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many trails on the property. we had a great time on a quick 8 miles. will def be back!

Very well marked and maintained trail. Will definitely hike again. A few areas had very fresh tree falls on the trail but nothing overly large or blocking to much of the trail. Was some trash at a campsite but I packed it out.

Beautiful country but not a very long trail. Nice moderate walk.

Some great technical areas for all difficulty levels. Awesome place close to town to get out and enjoy some nature!

Nice wooded trails that are hard packed and clear with slight variations in elevation. Walked by train tracks never saw a lake and followed red trail on app. Did not come out where we started. Somewhat lost at end vs where we parked. Poorly marked trails which led us to the street north of Sixth street.

1 month ago

Love the tail.

Loved this hike! Beautiful views and well marked trails. Beware though, LOTS of poison ivy and a few parts of the trails that were very wet so dress appropriately.

It’s right beside a sewage treatment plant. For 1/2 of your walk all you can smell in human waste.

The trail was beautiful, but the State Park map was incomplete.

My friends and I went on a Saturday afternoon in early Spring. Very easy trails! We were very happy that they had dog friendly trails that they highlighted for us to take the puppy on! It was a nice afternoon and we were able to see different plants that were starting to come up.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy walk in the shade and to get away from civilisation. Nice historic landsite menninger’s. Saw a deer and squirrels.

Not digging all the rocks gardens, tons of roots and fallen trees on this trail.

This is a national treasure. It is about 75% of the remaining tall grass prairie in the world. That is because it is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world with only about 4% remaining world wide. See the flowers and grasses that once covered most of the Midwest from Texas to Canada. See the last of a few genetically pure Bison in this insurance heard. The trails and visitors center are lovingly curated and protected by The Parks Dept and the Nature Conservancy.

There is a portion of this trail that is 1.8 miles. Park by the Governor's Mansion, and always select the right trail when at a fork (starting with a traipse thru the meadow) until you've walked parallel to the train tracks as far as the trail leads. When the tracks are behind you, and you come to a left fork that leads uphill, choose it (you'll have nearly completed your hike). Up the hill (near your first wooded right fork) select the right fork on the yellow path. Final selection is the first left fork which will take you back to the parking lot.

This was a great place to visit. The map they gave me confused the heck out of me towards the end. Wish they had better landmarks on the trail map to identify where you really were. I got lost and was either on the white or blue trails. I don’t know. Lol I had to put the map down and try to figure out where I was. It didn’t help much with the one they gave me. But it was ok with that part. Really enjoyed my day! Would definitely recommend it. I will come back someday!!

hiking
3 months ago

Horse thief trail is part of a much larger trail that runs throughout the park. It varies in terrain. The trail has a ton of ticks. Bring spray. Be prepared to cross through water. Plenty of wildlife.
This would be the best hike in Kansas if it wasn’t for the ticks.

fun variety!

Great views with plenty of open country. Nice for a day trip. Nothing spectacular but nice for Kansas.

Went on the 7 mile hike in late April. Early morning is great for getting your hike in before it gets too hot. Saw Bison and Cattle along as well as on the trails. Don’t get too close to the Bison as they might charge. The trail is very easy.

This trail is STUNNING! Be sure to bring lots of water and a hat if you are attempting this in the summer, lots of sun exposure. Pay close attention to the map as it gets a bit tricky. But this scenery here is the prettiest I've seen in Kansas. This would be a 5-star for me if it wasn't for the insane amount of poison ivy. I plan on going back for a spring-time hike.

The good: beautiful views, fun trail terrain.

The bad: lots of poison ivy, little shade from sun exposure.

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and I hiked this on April 2. It was about 30* out, but the humidity made it feel so much colder!

This was a nice, flat walk that with nothing too remarkable to look at except for the dam.

Everything was drab and brown when we were there but I imagine it's more pleasant-looking at other times of the year.

trail running
4 months ago

Narrow trail with no view. Definitely a bike trail. Mostly trees, but without leaves there is a decent amount of sun.

We drove approximately 2 hours after seeing an article online about the caves and hiking tails on Facebook. It was so worth the drive! Trails were decently marked, and there were a few areas of low water crossing. $5 to get a parking pass. There’s also an area where there are prairie dogs as you are entering the State Park

walking
4 months ago

Good smooth well maintained concrete path. Got a path that leads down to the river and you can enjoy some of the sandy river bank. Great for dogs.

Visited on St. Patty's day; clear, breezy day, 58 degrees absolutely beautiful! I don't know that it would be this nice in the middle of summer. Who knew this gem of earth was nestled in the middle of Kansas! Must explore more!

Very well marked easy trail. lol bed the lake views

Stopped on our way through Kansas and got out hiking. Very little traffic the day we went. Had hoped to see some bison but not our day, hopefully next time.

Beautiful prairie and wonderful trails. We went to the (I think it’s called) “Outback Country” where there were free roaming bison. We wanted to play it safe and give the bison their space so about 10 minutes into the hike after seeing a herd of about 10-15 we turned back. We enjoyed a lot of the other trails and I would definitely go again.

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