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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

Had a great time. 3 hrs to hike trail with dog.

2 days ago

Did a backpacking trip with the Boy Scout troop, very scenic trail. Definitely doesn't feel like you're in Kansas.

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!

22 days ago

We love this trail! You wouldn't expect this scenery in KS, but it is well worth the drive.

This really isn't a trail; just a short loop. Some good history here, and the view from the top is fun, but nothing fantastic.

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.

1 month ago

This trail was fairly easy, and about 2.3 miles round trip. We finished in right about an hour an stopped to take a lot of pictures and climb on the rocks. You will hike a loop trail through a prairie and halfway through the loop, you will come to Wilson Lake, where there are some sandstone rock formations.

1 month ago

Just did an out and back camping trip..hiked in five miles from East end and camped overlooking lake..nice scenery even in winter..trail was good exercise too.Fyi the lake was really the only water available for filtering

1 month ago

Had a blast it's a very hiking friendly park. Very cool during Halloween

Loved it! It seems part of the path is closed though so I went up to inspiration point and back down. I would definitely do this hike again.

Absolutely beautiful views, had so much fun hiking and walking the trail.

Simple hike when camping. Good for kids.

Really Enjoyed the views and the hike, however this map cannot be completed. The trail is cut off and a sign says no public access pass a certain point. So we just turned around and continued to explore. The trails are not well marked. Once you get it figured it out it was nice. You go from by the lake to the woods to up on the top in the open. It was really enjoyable.

2 months ago

Just finished a quick winter overnighter and the trip was great! Very unique Kansas trail and rugged enough to keep things interesting. Quick heads-up, there are a few spots where the trail passes through rock formations/cuts that could make for a difficult passage if carrying a larger pack....still doable, just worth noting that packs "may" need to be removed and lowered/lifted depending on what direction you are traveling. I also encountered quail, turkey and deer on the trail. I look forward to taking the kiddos once the weather warms a bit. 1/12/18

Hiked this trail in the morning with the kids (4 & 8). We seen a very large covey of bobwhite quail at the trail head. Easy going with just a few small hills and the path was maintained well. If you are looking for a quick excuse to get out of the house and see a little nature this will sure do the trick! (FYI..I could not get cell service, while on trail) 1/5/18

We never actually found the trail head. It is very poorly marked. My best guess is that you start at the mountain bike trail head. Within a minute or two you will see an orange flag and a path into the woods with more orange flags. I bet that's it. That's what we will try next time. We wound up walking the mountain bike trail.It was fun, and it has several route options. Our dog had a blast and did not want to go home. Hiking. It's all good.

scenic driving
2 months ago

I wouldn't necessarily call this a hike but it's a must see for anyone in the area. Certainly a nice view of Kansas's under rated plains. It takes about 15 mins to make it to the top on foot, maybe 3 or 4 by car.

2 months ago

It's hard to believe you're in the middle of Kansas while hiking this trail. Our Boy Scout troop used this as a winter break shakedown hike for our upcoming Philmont trip and it definitely did not disappoint.

There aren't any huge hills but there are still some good short climbs. The scenery changes by the mile so there's plenty to see.

We started from the east trailhead, hiked 10 miles one day, camped at the trailhead there, then hiked 5 the next day.

Water is scarce so make sure you bring plenty or have a filter system.

Overall we had a great time and can't wait to visit this trail again soon!

The falls are iconic in Joplin, and for good reason. They are beautiful! However, on weekends or when the weather is nice this place is PACKED. Not a hiking area, just a place to park on the side of the road and walk a couple hundred feet to look at the falls. A sight worth seeing if you are in the area, but don't expect a hike or a place of solitude.

Love coming to Walter Woods. It is definitely more of a walk rather than a hike, but it is a pretty walk. Usually nobody else is there when we visit, which is nice. The trail is paved and well maintained, a few small bridges that cross creeks, and a beautiful stone conservation building. Our dogs love coming here, and is a nice alternative to some of the busier trails around Joplin.

Great day hike with a surprising variety of terrain for Oklahoma. The trail is well-maintained but the trail signs can be confusing if you didn't bring a map. We downloaded the AllTrails app, which was helpful when we reached forks in the trail that lacked a trail sign. With a couple of breaks for water and pictures, we finished in ~2.5 hours. It could take longer if you lacked a map or decided to explore several of the side trails. I brought my dog and she didn't need my help with any of the elevation gain. Beware: the gypsum rock can be sharp for human hands or doggy paws if you slip while climbing. We went a day or two after a big rain storm so the trail was slightly muddy.

3 months ago

This hike was awesome! Many reviews time this hike at 2+ hours, but we hiked it in about 1.5 hours. We had great weather on 12/19, cool, breezy, and sunny. We hiked with our 6 and 11 year-old kiddos and our puppy. Everyone loved it. This gem of a park was an exercise break for us on our drive out to CO, and we weren’t disappointed. The views were spectacular, and the trail was very well maintained. We topped off the day’s excursion with a fabulous lunch at Gella’s Diner in Hays, KS.

3 months ago

Great trail! This is a trail for everybody. The waterfall is picturesque.

3 months ago

Wouldn't consider this a trail, but a nice area

Quite stunning, if you can handle steep inclines it's totally worth it. Beautiful on a starry night overlooking the valley floor and lights below. Good trail in cooler months, good fall colors. Most scenic trail I've seen in Nebraska

This trail is located in a trafficked area close a couple main streets. It's more like a park with some really nice views. It's lovely for a quick trail. You can walk onto a smaller less traveled trail for a little more activity.

Well, tried to hike it today but a late start and no cell service got us sidetracked on north side of the creek off the main trail. Hope to get back soon and make it the natural springs. Still so much fun to be outdoors in cool air.
I would recommend downloading maps so you have an offline route.

Went in summer. Trail is nice and has some moderate elevation (for Oklahoma). The state park itself also has some nice natural springs we waded in to cool off after the hike. Overall will go back, it's worth the drive from OKC.

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