Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop

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Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until June.

2.7 miles
275 feet

kid friendly


trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

Nature Trail Loop at the Konza Prairie is a 2.8 Mile loop takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before you enter into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. A short spur takes to the Hokanson Homestead built in 1878. A trail guide is available at the trailhead that describes key points and geography of the Flint hills prairie. The trail is lined with limestone pea gravel or follows a service road that is either bare dirt or limestone gravel.

5 months ago

Good trail

8 months ago

This was a great trail! Very well maintained and easy to access. I loved the trail map and self guided tour you can pick up at the beginning. It was VERY steep in some parts, but well worth it for that gorgeous view!

10 months ago

Like the other konza prairie trails it is worth doing once,

10 months ago

Awesome going back next weekend to do the full 6 mile trail!

11 months ago

really nice morning for a walk

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It was a beautiful morning and a beautiful hike!!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It was a beautiful morning for a beautiful hike!!!!!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Went with 3 kids (8,7, 5) and it was a great distance and had nice variety, good vista mid-trail, fun bridge and we even saw 2 deer.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The scenery is absolutely incredible! The first hill is a pretty rough climb, but once you get to the top- and the Flint Hills roll out in front of you- you can't wait to climb it again.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great prairie views! It was about 98 degrees when we hiked it, but the breeze was perfect. We also saw 7 wild turkeys as we were finishing the hike! Alas, we did not see any bison.

Monday, April 18, 2016

A really cool trail, has some nice views and there are different paths to take. Loved it.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Excellent!!! Can't wait to go back!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Excellent trail. There's a self-guided map you can follow if you want. Easy to follow posted signs. Will be back to do the longer trail.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Very well maintained path throughout the hike. This is just the first of three loop trails you can take at the facility so, if you have the time, go for the longest one - 6.1 miles. There is plenty of parking and there are trail maps at the shed at the start of the trail. They ask for a $2 donation which is worth paying. The map brochure also explains the numbered signs along the trail. There is a potty located about a mile into the hike which is a self composting facility so you need to follow the directions. We saw plenty of wildflowers and a few lizards on our walk through the prairie so well worth deviating the 5 miles off of I70.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The hike was very beautiful and quick to complete. The bathroom facilities were clean and it is nice that pets are not allowed on the path, so you don't have to worry where you step. The guidebooks were nice to follow along with. There is zero shade though, so make sure to bring plenty of water. It was quite a scorcher out there in August.

trail running
Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fun little trail right off 70. Prairie trail running.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

if you like the wide open spaces and plenty of grassland then this hike is for you. I recommend you take this hike in the early morning during the summer or even spring. Not much of anything for shade on this trail once ypou take the back loops.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The trail is a pleasant walk through restored prairie and an old homestead. I found the spur trail that takes you through the old homestead fields with its hand laid rock fences most enjoyable. The trail brochure was most instructive about varying prairie fauna and made the trip even more enjoyable.

3 months ago

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