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George Latham Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lawrence, Kansas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 288 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

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Photos (60)
Recordings (107)
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Trevor Wilson
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Hiking

My personal favorite trail in the topeka area. Always beautiful and secluded scenery. You can hike for miles and camp in many different dispersed camping sites, lots of water access if you filter while you hike.

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Scott Valler
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Hiking

nice hike

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Larry Westbrook
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Hiking

There were some down trees, and some overgrown sections. Otherwise it was great.

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Tyler Boeckman
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Sam Karson
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Clark Neal
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HikingBugsMuddy

One of my all-time favorites. This is a great trail that’s consistently well maintained by the USACOE (thanks, y’all!) with no shortage of love let scenery, entertaining topography, and a host of little secrets around the area that make it worth returning to again and a again over the course of all four seasons!

Delanie Cooper
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Hiking

Trail is open. Well marked. Great one close to Lawrence. Lots of camp sites

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Nate Daniel
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BugsOff trailRocky
Erica Hunter
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Great trail! We've walked this trail many times in various seasons and always enjoy. There are a lot of rocks, drift wood and tree roots covered by leaves in the fall so just be cautious as you walk.

Colin MedicineHorse
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A nice and fairly easy hike. There are several camping spots along the trail. A couple of areas are a bit tricky to find the trail path because It was flooded with trees.

Scott Valler
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Hiking

The lake is up really high and the trail was flooded out more. Only about 1+ miles clockwise and about 0.4 miles counter clockwise were usable this time. We hung in the main campground again to get a nice evening breeze and had a nice time.

Zach Carter
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Camping

Great primitive camping spots.

Leni Swails
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We love this trail, but with the rain and flooding recently a good chunk of the trail is completely underwater no matter which side you start on. About 4-5 campsites are still useable.

Scott Valler
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HikingMuddy

It was muddy after all the rain for the last few weeks. The lake was way up and the trail was flooded out about 1.5 miles from the west trailhead. Trailhead campsite has a bathroom and firepits. We hammocked and had plenty of options.

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Curtis Miller
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Great trail for a day hike. There's a great view of the lake with plenty of camping spots.

David Sullivan
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Backpacking

Did an overnight backpacking trip last night (4/13). My first time here, fairly new to Kansas. Seems like a struggle to find backpacking options in Kansas so thought I'd try this out. Stayed at a nice campsite overlooking the lake (#11) Couldn't get to the shoreline very easily from this site, steep bank and thick vegetation. Trail is fairly easy, but a few ups and downs with some rocks to navigate. Lots of firewood available. Was fairly busy for mid April. The only downside is the access road which is rather sketchy. It is literally a "dirt" road with some deep ruts. My car doesn't have much ground clearance, so I did drag in a few places. I wouldn't go near this place if it rained. That road would be terrible. Shame they can't improve that road. (1 star deduct)

Hilan Armstrong
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HikingMuddy

Nice trail a little muddy today

Mike Stover
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Hiking

One of my favorites. Not too difficult but still enough to get a good workout. Great for families.

Joe Joe Blackbird
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A solid 4+ mile hike with thick woods, meadows, lake views, and a very old farming implement.

Matthew Montgomery
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Hiking

For the Midwest this trail has a lot going for it. It’s on a reserve with primitive camping spots dotted along this loop that overlooks the Clinton Reservoir, it goes through fields, woods and along the shore line. There’s some fun rocky terrain in quite a few places along with a few water crossings but nothing serious, there’s very little elevation but enough to get a workout. It’s very quiet except for the occasional gun shot (I believe there’s a range across the lake) but I only heard a few rounds and only came across one other couple hiking plus one guy camping. The trail is very well marked in blue, it seems to be well maintained (a tad narrow in places) and I imagine the poison ivy is fairly bad in warmer weather. The trail seems to retain moisture, it was a little muddy and even frozen slick in places but that’s part of the fun I guess. I imagine there’s a lot of wildlife out here too, saw lots of evidence of deer and raccoon so I’m sure there’s more. I live an hour from here but will definitely make it a day trip next time and hang out longer in one of the camping spots, maybe bring lunch and a hammock?

Scott Phillips
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Backpacking

Not much of a hiking trail but great camping!

Johnny Shamburg
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Mountain biking

beautiful

Angele Hampton
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Hiking

My fave trail so far. Great primitive camp sites and you see water for most of the hike. Has some great views for Kansas.

Antigone Means
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Backpacking

Lovely trail, we went clockwise and stopped to camp at #12 in hammocks. There was a great fire pit and bench at this camp site and it's right by the water.

Rich Burgoon
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Hiking

Very well marked and maintained trail. Will definitely hike again. A few areas had very fresh tree falls on the trail but nothing overly large or blocking to much of the trail. Was some trash at a campsite but I packed it out.

Jill Gustin
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Very well marked easy trail. lol bed the lake views

Tina Bartlett
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Hiking

We enjoyed this scenic trail! We were treated to two bald eagle sightings and the walk-in campsites were perfectly placed for the best views.

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