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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.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 433 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Forest

Lake

River

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

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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.

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Reviews (94)
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Recordings (68)
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Delanie Cooper
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Hiking

Great trail. Reminded me of Colorado with the pines, moss, and juniper. Got up to 101 and I almost died lol. Bring your water. This one is at least 8 miles long!!

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Matthew Toenjes
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HikingMuddy

Great trail. Have hiked it twice now with my kids. Unfortunately, the trail was pretty muddy. The views are beautiful and the trail is varied and interesting.

Tara Shrake
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CampingRocky

BEWARE!!!! Camped and kayaked here over the weekend. Our stuff was stolen from our site while we were on the creek.

Sandy Jo Riffle
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Hiking

This trail was fun and AWESOME to run.

Abby Gibbons
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HikingMuddyRocky

A lot of beautiful views to stop at. Awesome large rocks to weave in and out of at many places along trail. Did get a little lost at some points though!

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Charles Stark
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This is a good trail in Kansas. It was 6.6 miles on my GPS. It reminded me of the Appalachian Trail without the mountains. There a plenty of roots, rocks, trees. Great place to hike.

Danielle Russell
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HikingMuddy
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Margaret Ziffer
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BackpackingMuddy
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Alexander knox
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RunningBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

This is my favorite trail in the area and I would recommend this trail to anybody looking for a somewhat technical trail run or mountain bike experience. I have also frequently hiked this trail however that ends up being a majority of the day affair between the time to get there and the actual hike so I would recommend to pack some water and granola bars if this is what you’ll be doing.This trail is about 8.5 km long. I typically Run a 5 to 7 minute kilometer however with the technical rocks and roots and slick muddy footing I was averaging about a 10 minute kilometer. This trail crosses a creek several times throughout the duration of the track so be prepared to either jump frequently or, as was my case, get wet. Being that this is a very wooded area with wildlife present such as deer there are several ticks and in the summer the foliage is pretty overgrown making it easy for you to pick up some unwanted riders. I recommend to double check yourself and your doggos for ticks afterwards as I usually pick at least one or two ticks up every time I’m out there.

Liz Fair
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Hiking

Not a bad trail... it’s pretty and a great get away. However it’s over grown I ran into a lot of spider webs. It’s a diverse tail. 5/10 for me. It’s easy not moderate.

Kelly B.
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HikingMuddy

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.

Anthony Martinez
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Hiking

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!

Jeff Comer
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Running

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.

Shawn Oakes
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Well maintained. Rough technical climbs going clockwise.

Bruce Carroll
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Hiking

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.

Tara Shrake
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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!!!!

Christian Gilbert
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Hiking

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.

Kenneth Zill
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Hiking

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

Shelly Williams
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Running

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!!

Ian Manly
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Hiking

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!

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

Joshua Eggar
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Mountain biking

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

Matthew Brunett
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Running

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.

Joshua Kyle
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Mountain biking

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

Roy Hahn
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The best trail on Kansas!!!

Miriam Hahn
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Hiking

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.

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