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.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Trail was great to Berryton. After that it’s overgrown and large gravel. Not pea gravel. Made it to Richland, then had my husband pick me up. Started again in Overbrook, but after 1 mile it was large gravel again. That was where I ended my ride for the day.

Great trail to Ride horses, love Rideing on these trails!

Great trail for horse back riding !

hiking
24 days ago

Very pretty walk. Rocky path much of the trail, so wear good shoes. The trail stops a couple of times so you have to clamber up some rocks to continue - not difficult, but something to consider. Would not recommend for most children under 5/6. Signage is pretty much zero. This might be a good Eagle Scout project! Also, I didn't download the trail map before I left & had no connectivity on this trail (AT&T), so ended up looping it a couple of times. I don't have a very good sense of direction and kept missing where I needed to exit. Some nice young hikers came along and got me going in the right direction. Thanks!

hiking
26 days ago

Thinking back to June when REI had an event here to help repair the trail. There is so much damage from horses & just unkept areas. There are no blazes & in some areas it's hard to see where it connects. There are some arrows painted on the pavement to direct you in a couple of spots. There were just to many places that the entrance you had to duck down to walk through the next 2 miles or so. You had to walk out in the open, over paved areas & grassy fields all unmarked. there are a lot of hills & muddy area where you have to straddle each side of the dirt to walk through. All of these things made for not a good hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Really nice for an out and back. A surprise view every now and then.

This is a great trail with many fun spots and lovely trees. It is not well marked. We had to use GPS with the app to find our way and that wasn't always correct. I wouldn't go if it has rained in the last three days as there are many muddy trails in shady areas. We went many days after a rain and we had to straddle some parts. There are many places along the route with water for refilling bottles.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I loved it! Osawatomie - Pomona.

Gets crowded with bikers and runners.
Fun little walk

1 month ago

Love the tail.

I absolutely loved this trail! There’s a variety of trail conditions, 3 foot bridges, and a crumbling limestone structure of some kind. Follow the yellow blazes. Lots of bike traffic, a few runners and I was the lone hiker. I began at the Spillway (beautiful views...think Ozarks) and the trail exits at a shelter with facilities. You can stop here, or turnaround as I did, to get the entire 7.8.

mountain biking
1 month ago

For Topeka and NE KS---a very decent trail. The north "half" is paved; the south "half" is packed gravel and dirt. I imagine it would be very nice to bike it in the autumn during color change.

A friend and I hiked part of the orange trail and all of the red trail on a recent Saturday. Our whole hike was about 7 miles. Even though we hiked during the middle of the day, the trail was partly shaded and comfortable in temperature. This was my first visit to Shawnee Mission Park, and it is beautiful! The visitor's center staff is very friendly and provides free detailed maps. Like some other reviews mention, there are some large rocks and tree roots on the trail. Since we were hiking, this was not a problem, but it may be a challenge for a beginning biker. I can't wait to go back and try the other trails!

Loved this hike! Beautiful views and well marked trails. Beware though, LOTS of poison ivy and a few parts of the trails that were very wet so dress appropriately.

My go-to trails in the area. rocky, rooty, and varied.

Agree with previous comments regarding how horse traffic has ruined the trails for runners and hikers. Very narrow paths and lots of uphill/downhill trench straddling due to muddy conditions. Only saw 3 others besides our group yesterday and no horses. If you tire, there isn’t any place to rest. I’ll be back, though when the weather is cooler.

Trail Condition:
A few muddy spots, and fallen trees

Issues:
Equestrians destroying the paths, not well marked trails during road crossings, damn connection trail is marked with No Trespassing sign.

Experience:
Overall it was a fun trail. Not as hard as most people make it sound but for Kansas its a good trail. My favorite section was the uphill grade on the west side of the dam.

Did the whole 8+ mile hike. The trail is trashed by the horse traffic. I mean dung and destroyed sections of the trail. That's a pretty big deal considering that the width of the trail is tiny. On first time hiking I saw close to a dozen horse riders that made me to believe that this is not for human/dog traffic. Plus, no scenery what so ever and I'm never coming back.

Pretty boring trails and park. I never did find an actual trail, just some asphalt paths that were very exposed to the sun almost 100% of the time.

Could be a fabulous trail for a good day hike, but horse traffic when the trail is wet has done a lot of damage. If it has rained in the past few days the trail is almost impassable with mud due to damage from horse traffic. Trail could also use some signage at several locations to keep hikers on course.

Good for hiking, not the best for mountain biking due to the quantity of loose rocks

We walked the roads around the lake (the trails were pretty muddy). The hills were a good challenge and the scenery was peaceful!

hiking
3 months ago

Horse thief trail is part of a much larger trail that runs throughout the park. It varies in terrain. The trail has a ton of ticks. Bring spray. Be prepared to cross through water. Plenty of wildlife.
This would be the best hike in Kansas if it wasn’t for the ticks.

walking
3 months ago

Great trail, haven’t explored it all just yet!

the trail has gotten. little more challenging since I rode it a couple years ago. but, it was a great ride and I had lots of fun.

We did this trail on a Sunday afternoon. It was our intention to do the whole 3.6 miles but time constraints only allowed us to do the Blue trail. It was a very nice trail. There were a few muddy spots due to the horses but they were easy to walk around. Just a couple of things. Since I had not been here before I did not appreciate how much horse traffic there is. It is substantial. The other thing there is a $5.00 user fee for just driving on the roads. That is no big deal except for the fact I never carry cash. One of the guys with us bought the pass. Next time I will bring the cash. If you live in the area this trail is worth a visit.

This trail is STUNNING! Be sure to bring lots of water and a hat if you are attempting this in the summer, lots of sun exposure. Pay close attention to the map as it gets a bit tricky. But this scenery here is the prettiest I've seen in Kansas. This would be a 5-star for me if it wasn't for the insane amount of poison ivy. I plan on going back for a spring-time hike.

The good: beautiful views, fun trail terrain.

The bad: lots of poison ivy, little shade from sun exposure.

Today was a beautiful day to be out on the trail just west of Osawatomie. From here to Ottawa is awesome and great trail conditions.

hiking
3 months ago

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