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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.

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.

hiking
22 days ago

This place was not designed for hikers or bikers. This park was designed for Frisbee golfers. There are two Frisbee golf courses, upper and lower. You can walk around the upper one, but there’s no real path. And you’re really just walking around a big field. The lower course (below the “cliff”) is better for hiking. That one gets you into the trees and onto an actual path. That one’s actually pretty cool and fun to explore. But I’m only giving it three stars because even though the lower course is fun to hike around, none of it is very well marked and it wasn’t created with hiking in mind.

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.

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.

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
11 months ago

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

Enjoyed the trail

mountain biking
11 months ago

First timer, not well marked but s great loop!

mountain biking
11 months ago

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

mountain biking
11 months ago

Let's do this one

mountain biking
Friday, June 23, 2017

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
Monday, May 29, 2017

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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