Rock Town Trail

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Rock Town Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lucas, 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
291 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

The Rocktown Hiking Trail winds through rolling hills, steep slopes, and along a valley wall, and along a portion of the shores of Wilson Lake as it passes by towering rock formations that the trail derived its name. The Rocktown Hiking Trail, located in the western part of Lucas Park, is a 3-mile loop trail that begins and ends at the parking lot access area on the east side of Rocktown. The 305-acre area has been registered as a Kansas Natural and Scientific Area by the Kansas Biological Survey in agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The area is characterized by rolling hills with shallow sandy soils, steep slopes along the valley wall, and rock outcroppings. Massive red sandstone rock formations rise 15 to 30 feet above the ground and give the visual impression of a city skyline, hence the name Rocktown. Arguably one of the most scenic locations in the state of Kansas. USA Today selected Rocktown Trail in 2011 to represent the state of Kansas as one of the "51 Great Hikes in the USA."

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was worth the walk. There is not much shade but you are walking through a Kansas prairie so that is to be expected. There was lots of birds during the hike and lizards. The best part was the rock formation by the lake. We took some time and got in the lake and swam for a bit. Well worth the walk and the water was great. Totally worth the hike. Pretty easy hike. Took about 3 hours but we spend a good amount of time down at the water.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was worth the walk. There is not much shade but you are walking through a Kansas prairie so that is to be expected. There was lots of birds during the hike and lizards. The best part was the rock formation by the lake. We took some time and got in the lake and swam for a bit. Well worth the walk and the water was great. Totally worth the hike. Pretty easy hike. Took about 3 hours but we spend a good amount of time down at the water.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very little shade, but overall good hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Fabulous Kansas trail. We didn't swim, but it does go by the clearest lake in the state, and I saw some folks fishing hip deep in the water. The sign at the top of the "Rocktown Trail" says it's almost 3 miles and takes two hours. Our mapping app said we went 2.6 miles at 2.2mph for 2 hours & 10minutes. That was a tough hike, or toughish, with the sun beating down in us in 87 degree heat.

hiking
4 months ago

Fabulous Kansas trail. We didn't swim, but it does go by the clearest lake in the state, and I saw some folks fishing hip deep in the water. The sign at the top of the "Rocktown Trail" says it's almost 3 miles and takes two hours. Our mapping app said we went 2.6 miles at 2.2mph for 2 hours & 10minutes. That was a tough hike, or toughish, with the sun beating down in us in 87 degree heat.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for families with slightly older children. Not equipped for strollers or wagons. Not a lot of shade, but lots of wind. We hike this trail quite frequently. No issues with bugs or ticks if you stay on the trial. Well maintained, wide tail that is easy to follow. The rock formations near the lake are amazing and fun for everyone. Water is so high right now you can slip right in and enjoy the clean Wilson water.

walking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

An easy wide mower trail, that ends up at some cool sandstone formations.

7 months ago

This is an amazing trail, clean and well kept with beautiful lake views.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

There's several mountain bike trails on the south side of the lake. Switchgrass, Hells Creek and Golden Belt. The trails have lots of switchbacks through the tall grass and next to the water. Not too technical, and few steep climbs. Beautiful oasis in the middle of Kansas, it's a perfect place to stop, stretch your legs and rest after driving along i70. You could spend a weekend here exploring the trails.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mesmerizing...!! It can be leisurely completed in less than 3hrs including stopover at Sandstone pillars...

mountain biking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

It was way too windy and the ground was charred from a fire, so my legs were black by the end of the walk. The limestone rock formations by the lake were beautiful.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rock City is rated as one of the top hikes in the state. I suppose its relative to what is available in the state. Most will not find it remarkable. However, it is a nice hike through a pristine prairie, nice lake views, and yes a couple nice rock formations. It was a pleasant hike.