Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop

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Konza Prairie Natural Area

Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop is a 4.3 kilometer 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.

Distance: 4.3 km Elevation Gain: 81 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: No dogs or bikes allowed on this trail. This trail takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings Creek before entering 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.

1 month ago

Good trail, well maintained, with enough variety of scenery to keep my 7 year old enjoying the trail. There are portajohns and sitting areas along the route, which makes for a nice rest stops along the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail in the fall. Wavy tallgrass and some leaves changing colors. Trails are easy to follow and well-marked. Saw two different types of snake on this trail. It's worth hiking the rest of the trails, too.

running
7 months ago

Nice trail, moderately populated. A bit tricky to navigate because trail isn't marked in some areas.

hiking
7 months ago

Very good trail with excellent views of the Tall Grass Prairie. It’s research area, so expect it to be overgrown in some areas. Moderate shade in some areas, while direct sun exposure in others for quite some distance. The start has some steep climbs but once you pass those, it is relatively flat for the last few miles.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

As others have said, the beginning is a bit steep to go up a really big hill; however, once you’re up that hill, it’s beautiful. The trail is clear. The bridges are cool. Recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for a nice stroll. High-grade incline toward the beginning, so take your time going up if needed—but it leads to great views of the prairie. Shortest of the 3 trails but still with great views of the prairie. Don’t forget water!

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

Very good trail with great views, I would recommend this trail to anyone who has an extra hour to waste and want some great views of the flint hills.

hiking
no shade
rocky
Sun Apr 28 2019

Recommend this trail if you need something short and sweet! Really taken care of with small crumbled gravel for the trail path. Some ups and downs, but not bad at all! No dogs or bike unfortunately.

Windy day and growth is starting on the initial elevation climb, but trails are looking good!

hiking
Thu Apr 18 2019

Beautiful! More climbing than I expected in Kansas, but not difficult. No dogs allowed. Please leave them at home.

hiking
Mon Jan 07 2019

If you’re in the Manhattan area, I’d definitely say to give it a go. The Flint Hills don’t get enough credit for how pretty they are. It’s no mountain trail, but it’s a nice little with plenty to see.

hiking
Sat Dec 22 2018

Nice hike with some great views of the prairies. You can choose to do one of three loops depending how far you want to hike. Plenty of parking.

Sun Sep 16 2018

Great trail - a little tough for smaller kids. 10 year old did great 7 year old with some solid complaints and 3 year old was losing his mind! But we loved it!

walking
Wed Jun 13 2018

Nice trail. A lot of different flowers and great views. At some spots it can get tricky to navigate because of missing signs.

hiking
Tue May 01 2018

Nice trail with great prairie views. Easy hiking great for half day trip.

hiking
Sun Apr 29 2018

A nice, short trail that has some great views of the prairie! If you’re lucky you can see some animals too

hiking
Mon Mar 12 2018

Enjoyed the hike and views of surrounding flint hills. Not the best time of year to see prairie life as most of the prairie grass had been burned for the winter.

backpacking
Sun Sep 17 2017

Good trail

walking
Mon May 29 2017

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!

Sat Apr 15 2017

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

walking
Sat Mar 25 2017

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

Tue Feb 21 2017

really nice morning for a walk

Sun Aug 14 2016

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

Mon Jul 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.

hiking
Sat Jun 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.

hiking
Sat Jun 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.

Mon Apr 18 2016

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

hiking
Sun Feb 28 2016

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

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