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

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

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

Great wooded area. Clean clear water even in the coves. Very quiet, clean. Plenty of connecting trails to stay busy

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!

great trail with hills

Fun run with the dog, would be awesome for mountain bikes.

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of broken glass and not well marked but still a decent short trail.

Enjoyed the trail

mountain biking
9 months ago

First timer, not well marked but s great loop!

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

mountain biking
9 months ago

Let's do this one

mountain biking
11 months ago

Trails are fun. Rode Marty's trail and gnome run all the way through. Would help if the trails were more noticeably marked, it can get confusing at times.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great place with beautiful views of the lake & more, definitely coming back!!!

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Bridle Trail was muddy throughout and overgrown in spots, and after road crossings it was sometimes difficult to find the trail again. Still, it was a good, rugged trail for those looking to do a longer hike close to KC.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Does anyone know if it is safe to hike alone?

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

lots of ups and downs. actual dirt ground path. stairs, water, and lots of nature right in the middle of the city. the view from the top is amazing!

mountain biking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Love these trails. Chupacabra was a little overgrown and needs some TLC but the other trails were great. I will be coming back to check out more!

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nice beginner/intermediate trails. Like others have said, there are more trails than the map shows.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

There were so many desperate trails it was heard tho know if you were on the right one. still a nice walk for a warm day. very Holley.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lots of different trails and paths. I Love seeing the wildlife and flowing river beds.

9 mile loop with lots of hills and water crossings. Went in early spring and it's a great place for a hike that time of year!

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I drove to shelter 14 which I easily found using Google Maps. I took the yellow trail to the white trail which brought me back to shelter 14 for a total of 3.3 miles. Sunday morning around 10. I came across a couple solo hikers, about 5 bikers, and a group of 6 hikers. Other then that, I had the place to myself. Narrow enough trails that you would not be able to hike side by side with anyone. Fun natural surfaces. Lots of ups and down, but nothing too big. I felt like I had to watch my step, but at the same time I could enjoy the scenery. nice lake view, but not able to get to it except from parking lot. Trail entrance is not marked (It's behind the permanent restrooms (restrooms are closed in winter)). You quickly get to trailhead which has a map outlining different trails and their distances. once you get in a trail, it's VERY well marked. I will go back to do the rest of the trails!

hiking
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great hike with a lot of varied terrain. One of my favorites in the area.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Even though it's very close to civilization, it's easy to pretend you're in the country. It's steep in places which makes it just enough of a challenge to make a nice day hike.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

This was the most challenging and by far the most beautiful trail my dog Shiloh and I have hiked in the area thus far. The trailhead's can be tricky to find around road crossings, so keep your head on a swivel. Few muddy spots on the bridal trail, but not a problem. Such an awesome time, gonna be sore for a couple of days....but we'll be doing this one many more times!!☺

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fun trail that is scenic but a little confusing to follow. I suggest taking a picture with your phone of the trail map before starting out.

Monday, October 03, 2016

A lot more to this trail than is shown here. We hiked 4+ miles total with the mission cliff trail.

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