Cottonwood Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 9 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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kid friendly

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The Cottonwood Trail in the River Pond area provides users with a short nature trail with educational information stations. It is very convenient for campers as it is adjacent to the River Pond campground. The trail length is a quarter mile of easy walking making it very inviting for young and old. Interpretive trail with many tree, plant, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

hiking
15 days ago

Very beautiful! Amazing old tree snag. Short. But rewarding.

Short, but pretty! I love all the huge old cottonwood trees on this trail and throughout the camping areas. Tuttle Creek is a beautiful state park.

walking
10 months ago

Easy walk. Trail was covered in wood chips, covered in shade the whole walk. Mid 90’s felt much cooler in the shade. Perfect walk after lunch or supper.

hiking
Fri Apr 19 2019

there's a beaver that has set up about halfway down the trail that you can view. if you get lucky, you may get a view of this beautiful animal

Sun May 28 2017

this trail is currently unmaintained. there is Poison oak heavy on trail, on ground

Sat Apr 15 2017

Good short hike while using the Riverpond

hiking
Sun May 24 2015

Good short trail. Good for a dog walk while camping.

walking
Wed Aug 20 2014

The walk was very nice, but I would not call this a hiking trail, more like a walking path. The path is completely covered by trees, so it provides some nice shade. Unfortunately past campers have left their trash around, but it was still a pretty area.

hiking
Mon May 13 2013

This is a short, down-and-back nature trail that runs along part of the Big Blue River in Tuttle Creek State Park. It is adjacent to two camping areas, so it makes a nice morning or evening walk. The whole trail is shaded by trees.

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hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019