Prairie Center Nature Reserve Loop

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Prairie Center Park

Prairie Center Nature Reserve Loop is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Olathe, 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.

Length2.4 miElevation gain160 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverWildflowersWildlifeHistoric siteNo dogs
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Mike Cassidy
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Lupe Krehbiel
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HikingGreat!

12/10/20 It was very nice! I could believe how warm it is 60's in Dec.

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Keelie Shrader
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Mike Wessel
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Megan Michelle
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful and quiet!

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Dan Stilley
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Hiking

Very good trail! I came out for a quick hike after work and it didn’t disappoint. Easy enough but lots of beautiful plants and flowers.

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Raney Y.
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Nature tripsGreat!

The weather is now perfect for hiking these beautiful rolling hills! I decided to make a giant loop of nearly 4 miles beginning and ending at the southern parking lot. It is the time of year when monarch butterflies are migrating and the last of the wildflowers are blooming, so it is the perfect time to get out to this trail. Happy hiking!

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Raney Y.
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Hiking

This is a lovely, well-kept trail system with relatively little traffic noise. This park is especially perfect in the cool spring and fall months.

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ellen wernicke
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Luke Wright
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Amazing, well kept, wide trail, great for families.

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Sabrina Lilienne
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Jason Huntington
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Austin Flittner
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HikingGreat!

I just did the short loop around the lake and back. It was a great evening hike through the prairie. Tons of wildflowers, rabbits, birds, and insects.

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Bethany Bleil
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Hiking

Easy trail, mix of dirt, gravel, and mowed grass.

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Becky Baker
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Cherish Dietz
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wonderful trail with lots of wildflowers and watercrossings.

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Bryan Muehlmeier
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Jason Gillam
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HikingBugs

Nice views and natural prairie. Water crossing were fun and same shade along the way. Many bugs, especially moths. Butterfly’s were a plus. Flowers along the way were a plus.

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Zac Boyer
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Wildlife preserve. No dogs. No bikes. Just your own two feet. A few water crossings. A moderate incline about two-thirds around, depending on which way you're going (otherwise a moderate decline). Half woods, half grasslands. Insects and arachnids abound. Three dead things, too. Only saw three people and a family on a Tuesday at 10 a.m. Not a bad jaunt. Park on either side.

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Jasper Vallad
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Fishing

great trail! a couple of low creek crossings, and a great fishing lake! caught a pretty good bass, a couple crappie, and a blue gill. overall a great place

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Kaitlyn Jones
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No shade

went on this trail yesterday with my kids and had a blast. We saw a lot of wildlife!

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Barry Dolan
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Nice place to hike.

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Jonathan Bonness
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Hiking

Good basic trail not well marked with signs, though the paths are clear and visible. Several loops, no maps found at trailhead. There is a fishing lake, trails consists of gravel and dirt no dogs or bicycles allowed.

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Delanie Cooper
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HikingFlooded

One of my new favorite trails in eastern kansas! Diverse landscape, well maintained, no traffic. Part of the trail is flooded, but you could probably walk across with some tall galoshes.

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Jack Laptad
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Good easy hike - water was low enough to cross creek a couple places easy enough but spring could be a problem if more water is running

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Kendra Pettyjohn
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Open prairie trails. Few hills and small parts are gravel. Scenic creek and lake views. No PETS! Best in fall.

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Jeannine Steinhoff
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Hiking

I hiked this with a group from L.L. Bean. We started at 9 AM and it was about 70°. Nice wide paths. Definitely wear bug spray. Probably 70% of it was in the shade.

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Jennifer Ross Reynolds
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this is our go to trail when we need to get moving but dont have the time.

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Michael Morris
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Hiked this trail 6-9-18. Hot day for June (95 degrees!). Lots of bugs swarming me the whole time, but only one bite. Overall, a decent hike with some minor elevation changes. A creek crossing, about half shaded, half exposed. A little too much gravel road for me... I felt like I was just walking through some farmer's field mostly. My phone says I walked 2.5 miles when I finished the trail... I prefer trails a bit longer (5-6 miles). The creek seemed pretty slimy...and an odor of something dead and decaying was prevalent in spots. The creek seemed more like cattle runoff (sewage) than a natural stream. But hey it was. Fairly quiet stroll away from the usual suburban "trail" of pavement and underpasses. I would hike again, maybe on a cooler day.

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Daniel Hilyard
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Love it!

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