Explore the most popular lake 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 was a FUN trail. It was more like 3.5 miles total, from the parking lot to the paved trail, to the hiking trail, and on the paved trail back to the parking lot. There is a lovely little stream that you cross 5-6 times (it would be difficult to cross if it had just rained). Lots of rocks, cliffs, a shallow cave, interesting trees, deer tracks, and birds. Hiked with our 3 and 6 year olds and it was hard at times (rocky), but they finished and enjoyed it overall! We will be back!

Gave it a 4 due to the paved part. Not a big fan of pavement. If you like pavement it’s about 1/3 paved. Natural part was nice with all the fall colors.

hiking
15 days ago

This trail is a hidden gem along the shores of Pomona Lake. The blue trail roughly follows the Army Corps property line and the orange trail generally runs closer to the lake. This wonderful trail needs more traffic to keep the weeds down! Orange and blue together form a 40+ mile loop.

hiking
15 days ago

This trail is a hidden gem along the shores of Pomona Lake. The blue trail roughly follows the Army Corps property line and the orange trail generally runs closer to the lake. This wonderful trail needs more traffic to keep the weeds down! Orange and blue together form a 40+ mile loop.

It great you don't feel like you are in the middle of kc.

Awesome trail that was very well marked. Super clean with some nice elevation changes. Plenty of streams and overall great trail!!

well maintained trail with some nice Kansas scenery. The wife, pup and I covered this in just over an hour while stopping at the lake for pictures.

Northern and eastern half best sections. Poor trail markers, but doable.

Northern half most scenic, Nice all the way, poor signage, no trail markers, trails a little vague where it crosses the road a couple times but not to bad to follow.

My fave trail so far. Great primitive camp sites and you see water for most of the hike. Has some great views for Kansas.

Very nice trail system to hike
only complaint is that needs to be marked a little better

hiking
26 days 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.

I’ve run trail races here. It is very technical and very rewarding. Gorgeous views once you get out of the trees.

hiking
1 month ago

When in the area I will definitely return. This is a great trail close-ish to my hometown. The lake was flooded so we didn’t get to do the entire trail; however, what we were able to do convinced me to return sometime. There wasn’t anyone else there on this fall day. We saw lots of birds, a pelican even, tons of deer and great rocks.

Nice trail and clean restroom!

I personally didn't think this trail was marked well at all. I got off it real easy and had to use the app to find it again which was sorta sad for me because I usually keep on task. lol I believe I missed half of it cause as soon as I walked in, I walked out. I dunno if I got off track and took a short cut.

very nice trail system to hike

Cute little trail for me and my doggy niece. Wish there was more of a waterfall though...

Easy, lots of mountain bikers but a nice reprieve

horse traffic has done a bit of damage. trail could use some blazes. little trash.

Loved this trail! We did in just about three hours with our kids. There was a light misty rain the whole time so bugs weren’t bad. Definitely going to do this trail again!

For hiking and horseback riding it's great, not so much for mountain biking. The sand is too loose. we had to walk our bikes more than half the way.

trail running
1 month ago

This is the best trail in the Manhattan area. I've been coming here regularly on the weekends and I usually bring the dog along. Like most wooded areas in Kansas, ticks can be a problem. The western leg goes near the gun range, so it can be noisy during when the weather is good. The vulture nesting area is full of vultures around twilight, but smelly as noted by the other reviews.

What a challenge!
Started at the trailhead and took lefts at all forms until E where I took the cutoff to the right. Stay left at L and you'll end with 10 miles under your boots! Lovely Hike.

on White Tail Loop Trail

walking
1 month ago

This trail is more like 4 miles. great trail one big leaning tree but probably stable. I walked this one but you can ride it and it would be a lot of fun. trail is in really good condition. follow the purple/white diamonds.

Good for mountain biking. Hiking was nice, but no one has been on the trail for ages, so I got covered in spider webs!! It was nice being alone. No views of the lake tho

hiking
2 months ago

I have known about this Trail since I was a kid and I've hiked several portions of it for most of my life. it has always been torn up from the horse traffic. but it is a large loop and has mostly treed areas.

Nice change of scenery from NE Kansas. Prairie hiking is nice every now and then. Beautiful!

backpacking
2 months ago

Lovely trail, we went clockwise and stopped to camp at #12 in hammocks. There was a great fire pit and bench at this camp site and it's right by the water.

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