Explore the most popular historic site trails in Kansas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

Simple historic site but significant regarding the Pony Express. Its worth a little effort to make it to this site.

I always learn something new every time I visit. Nice visitor’s center and fascinating history lesson.

Nice walking trail. Too bad the visitor center is closed during the winter, as it looks like an interesting place to visit.

This may be a driving tour or walk/hike if you park at the beginning of the park. This site is a few miles down a dirt road but well worth the drive for the history. Thanks to whoever logged this trail in to AllTrails as I wasn’t expecting to find this historic gem when I drove out there.

It was a wonderful way to spend the day with my family.

Easy mowed grass trail through waist high prairie grasses and through the creek and woods. Lots of informational signs on the trail, with crank power generated audio as well as text. The Visitor Center appears to be closed mid fall through mid-spring and only open during the summer. Check for hours before you go. The trails in Oct 2018 did not seem to align with what is shown on AllTrails, so check the official website and get a current map.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail good for a short hike. Very rewarding views. Awesome hike to look at the leaves in the fall. Both paved and trail sections. Can continue on North Shore Trails from the base of mound to extend hike.

walking
5 months ago

Great history, staff well informed, unique site, a destination hike

5 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike. Lots of turkeys and deer...plenty of places to stop and take in the view. Just don’t forget to bring bug spray!

This is a very well kept area. Very cool to see the history tied in with the Oregon Trail.

Very nice walking trail with a lot of history along the way. Stopped at the blacksmith's shop and the park volunteer made a chain link for my son as we watched. Great people to interact with at this location

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.

Nice little walk around the fort. Several of the buildings are open with displays inside.

walking
11 months ago

I love this trail. A nice mix of nature, residential neighborhoods and urban atmosphere.

scenic driving
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This is an interesting rock formation. It is made of coral (this area of Kansas used to be under a sea) and you can see little shells and fossils in the rocks. I went when the sun was setting and it was gorgeous! This is privately owned land that the owners graciously allow the public to access. Please be aware of rules and signs.

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

First, for a low traffic site, it is maintained first rate, very impressed. Several interlocking trails. Great spring with pioneer name inscribed, wagon tracks in a number of locations. I consider this a destination hike.

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

First, for a low traffic site, it is maintained first rate, very impressed. Several interlocking trails. Great spring with pioneer name inscribed, wagon tracks in a number of locations. I consider this a destination hike.

walking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

This nature preserve is managed by the Kansas Dept of Wildlife and Parks and is a mixture of native prairie, restored prairie and woods. There is an Olathe City park just east with a similar name (Prairie Center Park), so they are easily confused.

The parking area on the NorthEast has an historic home and barn, with a minimalst information sign and some paper maps. There is no permanent map posted. There was a QR code posted, but I had no cell service to use it. The parking area on the NorthWest is just a trail-head. Both trail-heads had portable toilets, but we found no drinking water available, so bring plenty. The trails are all wide, and a mixture of gravel and mowed grass (which may change over time). The paper map at the park was slightly different than the AllTrails map, probably due to different mowed paths. There are many loops to the trail system, and the signs were not helpful, so some type of map is needed to navigate the trails. I found no maps online at the KS parks department website (odd).

There is a lake in the center of the park with a dock and picnic tables and vault toilets. There are also several small ponds within view of the trails, and we saw a few different animal tracks.

A large creek runs through the park, and there were several trail crossings through the creek. Most were paved and all had only a few inches of water and were easily crossed in hiking boots. We hiked in mid-August after substantial rain and saw 10-ish different wildflowers in bloom. A legend at the trail-head describing the various wildflowers and tallgrasses would be a great project to enhance the park.

Due to the ecological conservation effort, no pets and no bikes are allowed.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Four stars for history. This is a remote site, minimally maintained. Another small piece of the civil war. Worth the stop when touring other civil war sites in the area.

Passed through again touring several civil war sites in this area. Nice visitor center, well preserved site. It is a destination especially if you hit the lessor known sites in close proximity.

walking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Came through Fort Scott and stopped again to get fuller tour. Free admission to the site. Very informative. It is a destination hike.

scenic driving
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Neat place in the middle of no where. Beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great place to go see. Make sure you visit when a re-enactment is taking place.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Easy walking route along creek. The "trail" is currently closed at 2nd Street due to bridge construction.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Interesting Rock formations among the flat plains of Kansas. A short drive south of I-70. Worth the stop to break up the drive through Kansas.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my favorite places.

Monday, January 23, 2017

it was fun and love their history.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Nice trail showing the history of the area.

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