Fancy Creek Mountain Bike Trail

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Fancy Creek Mountain Bike Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Randolph, Kansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 433 feet Route Type: Loop

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The trail at Fancy Creek offers 6 miles of mountain biking and hiking for advanced outdoor enthusiasts. This trail provides users with varying and rugged terrain and beautiful Kansas vistas. Experienced mountain bikers will find this a challenging course and it is one of the best in Kansas. Winding through 6 miles of dense cedar forest into open native grassland, the trail runs along rocky ridges with scenic overlooks along the way.

3 months ago

I did this trail last week before the heavy rain. The trail was damp and in one particular section had to walk through thick mud for about 50yds. I had to cross water at least 7-8 times. This trail is rated as hard; I'm not sure how this gets this rating on AllTrails. This was a great workout for hiking (I averaged 20 min miles). It was long for an afternoon hike but definitely not hard. I will be doing this trail often as it is one of the longer ones close to home. Since it is early in the spring, no ticks or mosquitoes, no one at shooting range, and never saw anyone else on the trail.

9 months ago

Loved this trail! We did in just about three hours with our kids. There was a light misty rain the whole time so bugs weren’t bad. Definitely going to do this trail again!

trail running
9 months ago

This is the best trail in the Manhattan area. I've been coming here regularly on the weekends and I usually bring the dog along. Like most wooded areas in Kansas, ticks can be a problem. The western leg goes near the gun range, so it can be noisy during when the weather is good. The vulture nesting area is full of vultures around twilight, but smelly as noted by the other reviews.

11 months ago

Well maintained. Rough technical climbs going clockwise.

Monday, July 02, 2018

I would not consider it "Difficult" per se. Compared to other options in Kansas, yes perhaps it is difficult. It is a very good Kansas hike. NO vistas b/c you're in the timber the entire time. But quite a bit of variety and enough ups and downs to keep it interesting enough. Even though you don't need a pack, it's good to load up and get the training in.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Hiked it and camped at the campground. Fun trail, challenging in places, very easy in some. Also not well marked at a fork or two. BUT, no ticks, no mosquitoes....Yay!!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

This trail is awesome! It has rugged terrain but it is beautiful and well kept. I didn't leave with a ton of ticks like other trails in the Flint Hills. Lots of geocaches too! I will definitely be back.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Great trail if you wanna to get some weekend cardio in. Run/walked it in just under 2 hours.

trail running
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

This trail has a great way of keeping you on your toes. With loops, roots, large and small rocks, cacti, trees, Moss, mud, sticks, and wildflowers all along the almost 6 mile loop, there is no time to look ahead. Keep your eyes down and watch were you step. It’s great fun!!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

This was a great, challenging trail (at least compared to other Kansas trails). The only problem was the bugs, be sure to bring bug spray!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Beautiful hike! Very rugged terrain, lots of rocks, steep inclines, trees, and a few lovely views of the lake. I’ll be going back.

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fun trails with a nice variance of technical rock gardens and fast, flowy areas. The trail is regularly maintained by local mountain bikers.

trail running
Thursday, November 09, 2017

What a pleasant and challenging trail. Found it on accident, and thoroughly enjoyed. I was the lone runner on the trail on a brisk fall day. The trail was rugged, yet very well maintained and marked. One of the very best that Kansas has to offer. I will go back specifically to run these trails.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

A true mountain bike trail. Well maintained. Frustrating and challenging but not impossible. Also very long and a complete loop.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The best trail on Kansas!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great trail. One thing I loved about this trail is it was mostly covered. You do need to look out for spiderwebs lol. But this is easily one of the best trail I've hiked in Kansas.

Friday, July 21, 2017

This trail isn't too bad. Lots of trees and shade for for %90 of the trail. Only wildlife we saw was vultures. On top of those being the only animals we saw, there is a vulture nesting area the stretches around 50 yards you get a glorious smells on bird dropping during that period. You will be glad to know that there is an abundance of spider webs that you will run in to.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

We hiked this trail on 6/25/17. Hopefully, it was not hot that day. We liked the trail because 90% of the trail is shaded. Most of the trees are pine. We did not see any wildlife. You would face many spider webs along the trail. All the water streams were dried. Overall, this trail is different from what you expect to see in Kansas. It is different from Konza or Tallgrass Prairie. By the way, the fee for this park is $5 that you pay at a self-pay box. Don't forget to have a pen with you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Feels like you've been transported to another place. There are finally some decent maps available: To get involved with maintaining the trail(s), join the Manhattan Trail Works facebook group:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

one of my local favorites. has enough terrain to make it interesting, but not difficult

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Don't forget the bug spray and watch out for the massive spider webs every 5 steps spanning the trail. Other than that it was a great trail, dont go right before dark, leave yourself a few hours to get through it all.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

It was a very rugged, and wooded trail, looks like Eastern KY, there were a few forks in the trail well into it and didnt explain which way to go, the trail was shaded almost the entire time, I would rate at the moderate level, may not be for kids under 10 yrs old.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nice Trail not difficult I would agree that maps would be nice. The trail is in the shade about 90% of the time which is a good thing in August in Kansas. The first time on the trail the gun range can make a person a little nervous so some signage would be helpful just to but your mind at ease.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Fun bike trail. I especially like the gun barrel areas. Beware of ticks.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

fun trail definitely intermediate to hard I was surprised. little overgrown in few spots but easy to follow. Im going back after i get back in riding shape..

Monday, April 11, 2016

Beautiful trail. Some maps at the trailhead would be nice, especially since you have to pay a $5 fee to hike this trail. With no map and being new to this trail, I was hiking blind and was starting to run out of daylight, so I bushwhacked over to the road at the shooting range and followed the park road back to my car. I figured it's easier to follow a road after dark than an endless winding trail. However it's a nice trail, and I'll be back. Carry water.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

It was a nice trail, and I did enjoy it... It wasn't too hard, but maybe a lil difficult to navigate...

Monday, December 07, 2015

nice trail, mainly used for mountain biking, but a good hiking trail none the less, it's rated hard, but it's actually easy. .......i❤Kansas

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I've started hiking as a hobby over a year ago and have hiked seven trails, and Fancy Creek's trail blew my cosmos. I didn't even feel like I was in Kansas anymore. Be warned, it's a rocky, dynamic, and elevated experience.

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