Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

1 day ago

Good smooth well maintained concrete path. Got a path that leads down to the river and you can enjoy some of the sandy river bank. Great for dogs.

Visited on St. Patty's day; clear, breezy day, 58 degrees absolutely beautiful! I don't know that it would be this nice in the middle of summer. Who knew this gem of earth was nestled in the middle of Kansas! Must explore more!

Fairly challenging with LOTS of hills. Good workout on a pretty, wooded trail.

We parked, paid 5 bucks, took the red trail, the longest trail, it was not good for hiking at all, quite boring through the pasture . Boring will not come back

We just came back from a two mile walk around this very nice 9 mile loop! This is easily the biggest body of water in the area, and the trails are so easy. Everything is clearly marked, and we even saw a runner with his dog at the start of the Boy Scout trail :-)

This is a very trafficked area, so don't expect a lot of privacy. We went on a Sunday at noon hoping to beat crowds and only saw a few friendly people. The further you go away from the mass of trails (and just follow the lake loop) the less people you see--but this is February. I couldn't imagine a quiet space in June or July.

This is still a great place to enjoy the water and beautiful trees!

Hidden Springs Trail is a very nice loop trail behind the Army Corps of Engineers building on the East side of Hillsdale Lake. It's wooded and fairly quiet. Horses are allowed on most of the trail, with some bridges and sections having signs saying "no horses." I enjoyed the multiple bridges and the interesting winding of the trail. It's possible to walk to the lakeshore at one point of the trail. There is a wooden lookout and multiple rock outcrops. Overall I really enjoyed this trail and would recommend it to others.

well marked. lots of pleasant miles available.

great trail with hills

Very busy with lots of off leash pooches to greet you.

3 months ago

Simple trail and quick for a small family to enjoy nature.

beautiful in the fall. well marked and easy to navigate.

A 2 1/2 hour drive to this trail was worth every rainy mile. Rock formations were spectacular with carved graffiti dated back to 1918. The caves were various sizes and many to see. The worn path was mostly sand and in some areas soft dirt. There is also a horse path. The creek water was clear. We saw deer, a bald eagle and various trees gnawed by beaver. I enjoyed some new scenery. Kanopolis Lake was much larger than I expected. This is a State Park so a few of $5.00 is required. I never have an issue paying State Park fees.

Loved the trail minus the horse poop

6 months ago

Rolling prairie with some nice rock ledges and caves. The majority is easy hiking. However, you can get into moderate difficulty if you choose to climb up/down the rock ledges and to/from the caves.

Fascinating documented history about this Canyon includes Native Americans using it to corral their horses; old West horse thieves running their stolen livestock into it for corralling; and the Jesse James gang hid their bounty in this Canyon on occasion and then came back later to retrieve it.

We actually did the Orange, Gold, Red and Violet trails on this one hike. Very rocky throughout. Wear hiking boots for sure. And bring water!! Be careful of bikers in the narrow parts of the trail.

These trails are for mountain biking. If you look at the map at the trail head, it identifies them as biking trails. We hiked them because of the reviews here and found out quickly that they are too narrow for a biker to pass a hiker without said hiker having to step completely off the trail and into thick underbrush. The park is lovely, though, and there are much better places for people not on bicycles to have fun (including actual hiking and walking trails south of the lake.)

Challenging mtn bike trail for this middle aged newbie...and the paved walking path is close by...so lots of options in this entire park.

7 months ago

Well maintained trail with nice views.

mountain biking
7 months ago

We rode from council grove to vassar on 8/12/17. There was some work going on and small sections were closed for about the 1st 10 miles. About 1/2 mile east of hwy 75 we ran across a bunch of stickers that cause everyone to get flat tires. We walked the rest of the way to vassar. Which was our destination. Other than that, the trail was in decent condition. 51 miles 731 feet of elevation gain and 902 feet of decent.

7 months ago

This was a perfect hike for a beginner in my opinion. The rocks are beautiful and the trails are labeled and easy to follow. There is just a slight challenge on the rocks depending on which route you take. It took me about two hours taking my time to finish. My two bottles of water was enough for me. I can't wait to go back when the leaves change! Make sure your phone is charged so you can see where you are on the map within this app! And have a backup battery because it ate mine when I tried to record my trip, so I just checked in.

Enjoyed the trail

Beautiful little spot outside Kansas City. Lake, trails, kayak rentals.

Great trails, with good markings.

mountain biking
7 months ago

First timer, not well marked but s great loop!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Love it! Just be careful for Oz if you are a newbie!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Let's do this one

Violet and red trails are very techy with lots of jagged rocks. If you are someone who enjoys smooth flowey trails you won't enjoy red or violet trails. However, if you want to get your ass kicked and enjoy rocks and a challenge this will be right up your alley.

excellent trails!!.... I'm from Dallas and absolutely love all the trails.

8 months ago

We were covered in ticks and had to stop multiple times to get them off. When we got home, we had ticks under our clothes and in our shoes. We found a tick a day later on one of our blankets, even after taking precautions before entering the house. I've never walked a trail and have been covered in ticks like that. Other than the bug issue, it's a decent trail. It would have been a lot more enjoyable if the trail didn't end in odd places, where you have to figure out where the trail picks up.

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