Elk City State Park is located in Montgomery County, approximately 5 miles northwest of Independence, Kansas. The State Park was leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1967 and the lease area involved 1,127 acres for the period of 25 years, for Public Park and recreational purposes. The Elk City project maintains approximately 4,500 water acres at normal flood pool. The lease has since been amended and presently the lease agreement is for 857 acres.

We tried our hardest to hike the full 15-mile trail but too many portions were flooded. We still got in 10 miles with some off-trail hiking . Beautiful trail. Can't wait to go back and hike the full trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a great place to have river shoes, we crossed over a lot of water on the trails. Overall a great hike.

It's easy to forget you're in Kansas when you're on this trail. The rock outcroppings and the forest-floor smell can convince you you're in the Ozarks or the Rockies. I highly recommend this hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Stari

We hiked the whole 15 in about 7 hours, including our hour of stops. The trail is beautiful and is very well marked. The mile markers were great, and we loved the stream crossings. If you don't want to do the whole 15, I would suggest parking off of US 160 and hiking to the lot at 9.6. Or, if you only have one vehicle, hiking in 5 miles that way and then turning back. That was my favorite part of the trail. Happy hiking!

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, not too difficult!

Hiked the entire 15miles in 8 hours. Very scenic! Around 9.5miles or 4.5miles from the other way is a parking place incase you don't want to do the whole thing. My dog did great and was cake for her but there were a couple spots that i had to lift her down or up (all 55lbs of her) lol

This is the first time we've done this trail. We took both kids and they loved it. We did 2.1 miles all together. Beautiful day!