Larry Mattenon Memorial Trail

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Larry Mattenon Memorial Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lees Summit, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles
311 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running




Begin at Old MO Town parking lot, go south to Cowherd Rd., East to 7hwy, north to Wyatt Rd., east to Litchford rd., south and then east to Buckner-Tarsney rd., south to Blue and Grey park scout area, south following trail at campgrounds to S. Brown Rd, go south to old US 50, east to Lone Jack-Lee Summit rd, south and then east to Burnym Rd., south to Civil War museum.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Great trails but very poorly marked. Needs more signage. And maintenance of the trails could be improved

6 months ago

What is good about this trail is all the secondary trails. Just when you thought you have been on all the trails, you find a new one. September through March is the best time to go on these trails when there are not bugs or weeds on the secondary trails.

7 months ago

Very nice trail with moderate inclines. Well kept. Just wish the one spot they made to see the lake was cleared out so you can actually see the lake.

8 months ago

This is a nice hike, however it is not in south prairie lee park it is in Fleming Park

mountain biking
9 months ago

Had a great ride. All skill levels will have a blast.

10 months ago

It has a cliff where you can get the best view of Lake Jacomo, but there's so many teens that will ruin your time.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This trail is perfect for family hiking .. my daughters are 9 and 13 and really enjoyed it. There are a couple of areas to sit and enjoy nature!

trail running
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Take the directions all trails gives you to get a good hiking experience along the lake and park in the four parking spots and follow along the right side of the pond to find the trail. Very underrated spot it looks like to hit the trails for hiking or trail running. Eventually the dirt and rock trails will turn into a gravel path thats not bad and leads up to the first parking area. Not maintained at all, but I enjoyed that. Wear ling socks or pants in the summer. Will definitely be back in winter!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Trailhead: across from the buffalos on E Park you'll see a small 4 car parking lot with tiny pond right by it, park, the trail starts there.
This trail is super easy to get lost on!!
If you're wanting a remote trail run with low traffic and low maintenance this is it!! You start on a well distinguished path then there are tons of off shoots from the trails to take! Some led nowhere, but that was half the fun!

warnings: you WILL get spider webs in your face
high risk of rolling tour ankles with the narrow rocky trail
if you're running you probably will get lost
if you end up on a small gravel road, you'll be able to find another small trail that leads back into the trees!
Have fun exploring!

Monday, September 22, 2014

This trail is defunct. My son and I attempted to hike it today starting at the civil war museum in lone jack. The very informative volunteer working the museum explained the trail hasn't been maintained in a long time. There is a trail head marker but there is no trail. Possibly closer to Lake jacomo the trail exists but as the civil war trail it does not exist. The volunteer did say a local boy scout troop mentioned about rebuilding the trail but it seems as of right now it is not being done. In fact the volunteer said he has looked and he has never even seen a map that shows the trail from beginning to end.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rated high for the History involved at both ends of the trail. It does follow quite a few roads, but it also goes through a nice county park. One can easily visit old MO town, hike to park to camp, then next morning hike to civil war museum. Have taken the boy scouts on this a couple of times.

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