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Wilson State Park is located on the south side of Wilson Reservoir. The park is divided into two areas: Hell Creek and Otoe. Primitive and utility camping sites are available, as well as several cabins with electricity and plumbing. There are also RV pads and dump stations in each area. Other activities that can be enjoyed at Wilson State Park are wildlife watching/photography, boating, fishing, horseshoes, biking, hiking, and swimming. Come to one of Kansas' premier recreation hot spots to fish, hike, water-ski, or just enjoy the outdoors. We also have one of the best mountain bike trails in the state.

Hot day for a hike, but that swim half way through helped with the heat. It is a fairly hilly trail, but the 7 and 9 year old with me were able to enjoy it. Going on a Saturday evening meant that the water area was pretty crowded, but we still found a spot to climb and swim. I would definitely come back and hike it again.

walking
7 days ago

All depends on time of year for this trail. We went mid July and the heat was pretty bad especially without any shade. Also the scenic areas near the water were almost entirely occupied by pontoons and boats making the water access nearly impossible and a loud environment with music and beer bottles littered around the beach areas. We stuck only to the trails and ended up with a dermacentor tick on the sock despite bug spray. So make sure you do a good tick check afterwards. Despite the boats and the heat, id imagine in the late fall it would be really pretty. Lots of cacti, local plants, and rolling hills. The rock formations are also really great. Would not recommend doing this in the summer overall.

take this trail frequently to get to the best spot on the lake.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
7 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.

Beautiful!

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was worth the walk. There is not much shade but you are walking through a Kansas prairie so that is to be expected. There was lots of birds during the hike and lizards. The best part was the rock formation by the lake. We took some time and got in the lake and swam for a bit. Well worth the walk and the water was great. Totally worth the hike. Pretty easy hike. Took about 3 hours but we spend a good amount of time down at the water.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was worth the walk. There is not much shade but you are walking through a Kansas prairie so that is to be expected. There was lots of birds during the hike and lizards. The best part was the rock formation by the lake. We took some time and got in the lake and swam for a bit. Well worth the walk and the water was great. Totally worth the hike. Pretty easy hike. Took about 3 hours but we spend a good amount of time down at the water.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Very little shade, but overall good hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Fabulous Kansas trail. We didn't swim, but it does go by the clearest lake in the state, and I saw some folks fishing hip deep in the water. The sign at the top of the "Rocktown Trail" says it's almost 3 miles and takes two hours. Our mapping app said we went 2.6 miles at 2.2mph for 2 hours & 10minutes. That was a tough hike, or toughish, with the sun beating down in us in 87 degree heat.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Fabulous Kansas trail. We didn't swim, but it does go by the clearest lake in the state, and I saw some folks fishing hip deep in the water. The sign at the top of the "Rocktown Trail" says it's almost 3 miles and takes two hours. Our mapping app said we went 2.6 miles at 2.2mph for 2 hours & 10minutes. That was a tough hike, or toughish, with the sun beating down in us in 87 degree heat.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great trail for families with slightly older children. Not equipped for strollers or wagons. Not a lot of shade, but lots of wind. We hike this trail quite frequently. No issues with bugs or ticks if you stay on the trial. Well maintained, wide tail that is easy to follow. The rock formations near the lake are amazing and fun for everyone. Water is so high right now you can slip right in and enjoy the clean Wilson water.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

An easy wide mower trail, that ends up at some cool sandstone formations.

Monday, April 03, 2017

This is an amazing trail, clean and well kept with beautiful lake views.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

There's several mountain bike trails on the south side of the lake. Switchgrass, Hells Creek and Golden Belt. The trails have lots of switchbacks through the tall grass and next to the water. Not too technical, and few steep climbs. Beautiful oasis in the middle of Kansas, it's a perfect place to stop, stretch your legs and rest after driving along i70. You could spend a weekend here exploring the trails.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mesmerizing...!! It can be leisurely completed in less than 3hrs including stopover at Sandstone pillars...

Monday, March 28, 2016

It was way too windy and the ground was charred from a fire, so my legs were black by the end of the walk. The limestone rock formations by the lake were beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rock City is rated as one of the top hikes in the state. I suppose its relative to what is available in the state. Most will not find it remarkable. However, it is a nice hike through a pristine prairie, nice lake views, and yes a couple nice rock formations. It was a pleasant hike.

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4 months ago

on Rock Town Trail

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