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White Tail Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 249 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

The White Tail Loop trail is through an urban forest. It travels up a steep hillside along a forested ravine and loops back down the other side along an old logging road. Deer and other wildlife is plentiful in the area and often seen. White Alloe Creek Conservation Area is adjoined by the Parkville Nature Sanctuary. Four short loop trails, ranging from .1 miles to .9 miles in length are found in the Santuary. Highlights between the two sites include a water fall, abundant wildlife, several streams and a shelter built on the foundation of an old girl scout cabin. A section is ADA accessible. Trail guides are available at the trail head. No Bikes, no dogs, and no motorized vehicles.

Parking at the trailhead

PARKVILLE NATURE SANTUARY 816.741.7676

From I-29, take the 64th Street (Highway 45) exit, go west two miles to Highway 9, turn south (left) at Highway 9. Go to 12th Street, and continue to the access through Parkville Nature Sanctuary behind the Platte County Health Department.

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Kat Boman
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lots of benches along the way so good for most skill levels. nice for a more urban setting. quite a few dragon flies. be sure to check for ticks after hiking. I had a very small one.

Shraddha Sawant
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Hiking

Beautiful

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Libby Frashier
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Hiking

Way too much elevation to be graded as easy. Us old folks could only do about a 1/4 of it before turning around.

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Sam Tucker
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Hiking

Not super challenging but beautiful. If you’re looking for more of a challenge it’s great for rucking!

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Annie AQ
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HikingBugs

This trail was very fun and easy for first timers. I saw several wildlife including deers, turkeys and turtle. I would definitely return.

lindsay vanzandt
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Bird Watching

A lot of fun! My kids aged 7 and 5 managed easily. We were able to spot a wild turkey and several other birds! Waterfall was beautiful... a little more crowded than I would have preferred. Worth the drive!

Karina Vazquez
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Erica Ashby
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Hiking

This loop was so fun! We took a stroller, a 2 year old, and an infant. The stroller did fine on the first part (Old Kate trail), but when we went to turn onto the White Tail Trail, the trail got steep, rocky, and full of steps so I do NOT recommend bring a stroller on this part. I had my father and husband carry it up and down the tough parts while we carried the baby. My toddler LOVED jumping down the steps and running around the board walks. it was the PERFECT length to wear him out but not so long that he got cranky. We will DEFINITELY be coming back here! The stream that followed much of the trail on the loop was shallow enough for him to wade in so it was perfect for a hot day. I loved hearing the breeze blue through the deep woods. This trail would also be great for trail running. I think I'll come back for that by myself later.

Matthew H
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HikingOff trail

Loved it. Great deep woods trail

Rhiannon Wilcox
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Hiking

Beautiful area! We hiked most of the trails in the area but started at the White Tail Trail. The waterfall is on the Old Kate trail, so we had to do some hunting to find it. Overall, a great experience and will be back!

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John Blaisdell
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Hiking

Found a new trail. From near girlscout shelter to old logging road hair pin on whitetail trail. 25% climb. Good 5 minute cardio.

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Shelley Chenault
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Hiking

Absolutely love love love this trail! It’s my getaway and happy place.

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Allison Crawford
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Benjamin Davalos
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail is a great beginner-friendly hike for anyone looking to get into hiking or just a moderate workout for the day. Plenty of fauna and local species to observe whilst hiking so there’s little chance to get bored if you’re into the outdoors. There’s a moderate amount of going uphill followed by an equally moderate amount of downhill so do be careful (especially if muddy). Being heavily shaded by the many trees and fauna, don’t expect to beat down by the sun too much; that being said, since it is heavily shaded that means muddy spots will persist (especially after a rainy day) so do be aware of that.

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cherry williamson
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Hiking

Easy and very relaxing to hike.

Veronica Morales
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Hiking

Clean trail, great for a quick hike that will get your heart rate up. One end of the trail leads to an overgrown dead end without warning. Just a heads up.

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Hannah Lodwick
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Hiking

fun but hard to social distance with thinner parts of the trail. shade is great. well maintained.

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Lucinda LaCour
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HikingRocky

Nice well marked trail for beginners and families. Lots of children and slower hikers on the trail so be prepared to maneuver around people. Very busy on a Saturday morning with parking difficult to find.

Kristi R.
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Hiking

Very scenic and lots of easy to follow trail markers. We took one of the shorter loop trails and still saw the beautiful waterfall. Would definitely go back!

Jocelyn Wallace
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Christine Muehe
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Hiking

Heavily wooded but very clear and well marked trail. Steep in some places so some places are more moderate hiking. My 2 sons (ages 17 and 20) and myself had a nice hike. Beautiful area.

Katie Cronin
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Hiking

Cool waterfall, relatively crowded on the weekends

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Scott Hilton
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Hiking

One of the better trails we have been on. This had everything from easy to moderate trails. Lots of scenery. Wild life was abundant. Several turkey gobbles and my kiddos (4 & 6 years old) got to see deer about 20 feet away from us. Trails are well marked and kept up.

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Jacob Murphy
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Hiking

Real good trail for beginners. Went with my parents. Waterfall was very cool. Overall a good trail with the family.

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Aric Raus
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Hiking

Great combination of crushed rock, dirt, and boardwalk trail. Lots of little side trails to get "off-the-beaten-path". Great for all ages with plenty of places to play in the water. As expected - numerous wildlife.

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Christine Lawson
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