Eddy-Ballentyne Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Eddy-Ballentyne Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles
232 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers

over grown


2 months ago

The trail itself was beautiful and very remote. Didn't see another person the entire hike. The markers near the end were misleading and the trail was a little overgrown in parts, but so long as you have gps you'll be fine. HOWEVER, if you do this hike wear long pants and bring bug spray and definitely check for ticks afterwards. If you bring a dog, make sure they have tick protection. Throughout the hike I had to pick numerous ticks off me and thank god my dog had a Seresto collar.

3 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. Had no issue locating the trail head on Blue river. Trail head has a bunch of trash but five steeps onto the trail its all behind you. If you want a trail within the city where you don't run into people this is the one for you. This is my new favorite trail.

8 months ago

Beginning of the trail was fairly littered by the road, but the rest of the trail was beautiful. Wear good shoes because the trail is rocky in parts. Some of the trail was not marked well. Great hike!

11 months ago

This could've been a decent trail, but it's over grown and not well marked the end. Luckily We had our gps, We almost got lost. Also there is a ton of spiders and when we were leaving we
noticed a bunch of little tiny bugs crawling all over us. I think we got them off after scrubbing ourselves till I think we got them all. Just a little bit traumatized. I would not recommend this trail!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mountain of trash dumped right at the foot of the overgrown trail

Friday, June 23, 2017

The maintenance of this trail is very poor. Over grown weeds and grass, at the top of the hill the trail disappears altogether.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

It is a pretty Trail fairly easy would have liked to be a bit longer

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Not maintained

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A winding, quiet trail with a few pleasant vistas and many mountain-bike trail off-shoots for additional exploring. Main trail is fairly well marked with red tree markers until you reach the end on top of the bluff, where you have to go down the bluff a bit to find the exit trail. Trail also hosts a memorial to a deceased boy scout.
Happy to share some good news - most of the debris near the trailhead has been picked up! Although as someone else noted, trail itself is pretty much spotless.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sure, people suck and dump their trash along this road but I'm not hiking the road! The trail is one of Kansas City's best kept secrets and I never crossed one person on the trail. You really feel submerged in wilderness and at times it's hard to stay on the trail but I kinda like that. I had a great time exploring and seeing the areas largest rocky glades, savannahs & views! Definitely on my top 5 in KCMO!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

nice little area except for where all the lowlifes have dumped their trash up and down the road

Sunday, October 09, 2016

As the other reviews said, the trail is not as well maintained as others in the area but it made for a fun adventure. The trail head is hard to find and littered with human things - garden hose, tires, trash - so the first impression isn't great. This is the second time I have hiked this trail, it appeared to be marked better this time than last. There is a fallen tree across the trail that nearly had me crawling to get under it. But the scenic terrain and the wild turkey we came across made it all worth the while.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The trail is not as well maintained as it used to be, and the entrances, especially easternmost, are wrought with human detritus: tires, garbage bags, etc. It's a nice short hike with great limestone outcropping to explore.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The area is nice but there are many places the trail is overgrown, I also had trouble finding the trail many times because it's not clearly marked a lot of places. I ended up making this into a 6 mile loop by exploring what looked like ATV trails in the area. I enjoyed all the rock outcroppings, this would be a good place to explore in the winter.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

When we tried to find this trail we understood it would be difficult. We tried the location given by this app and it led us into an apartment complex to a dead end, see picture. We tried an address someone put for a group meetup and it took us to a golf course but we never saw the trail head. Does anyone have actual coordinates of the trail head, please?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pretty good trail for being in the city, steady paced climb and very dense.
Only problems we had with the trail were finding the place due to the fact it's nearly unmarked with no parking, and quite a bit of overgrowth and A LOT of ticks.
But once you find the trail it is quite the rewarding experience.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

It was a nice family trail, not the best parking spot.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Hiked this trail last year while seeking something close to the city that wasn't paved or too heavily trafficked. This one is along Blue River Rd, not too far south from Swope Park, within city limits. Very surprising and unique. It's a short day hike; you can cover it in 1-2 hours easily. The area is well wooded, with surprisingly hilly, rocky terrain, and a creek that runs if there's been a recent rain. Could be better maintained, but the ruggedness is part of the appeal. Lots of spurs, enough that we got off-trail. Most of it is well-marked and not hard to follow. Looking forward to another visit!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This is a great "go to" trail for me. I take my dog here quite a bit. To mix it up, we sometimes start at the exit point and work our way backwards. Love sitting on the outcroppings. Fun trail to just leisurely stroll. Some parts are primitive, but that's what makes it fun.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Just hiked this the other day, I really enjoyed the trail. Cool creek beds and rock formations. A good short hike.

My only complaint is the only place to park is a little extra room on the side of the road in a couple spots.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Great for a short hike with the dogs and kids. Good for a trail running loop. A couple climbs, but not strenuous - unless you're wearing flip flops. Lots of ticks and Ivy in the summer.

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