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

very nice trail system to hike

Good hike. Looks like there are a lot of little unmarked trails as well. I will have to do some exploring :)

backpacking
1 month 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.

Nice trails but park rangers were not helpful knowing about where the trails took off from.
Despite bug spray with deet I was covered in bites the next day, suspect oakmites. Would not go back til hard frost.

walking
1 month ago

easy everyday trail

Clean trails, some parts are a bit precarious- watch ya step. Lake views. Lots of webs. Great incline for the butt!

Great for trail run! I wasn’t smart enough to forget mosquito spray.

Very well marked and maintained trail. Will definitely hike again. A few areas had very fresh tree falls on the trail but nothing overly large or blocking to much of the trail. Was some trash at a campsite but I packed it out.

Took the family out today for a ride. Perfect for all skill levels with enough challenge to make it a lot of fun for riding bikes regardless of experience. And close to home.

The trail was beautiful, but the state park map was incorrect.

The trail was beautiful, but the State Park map was incomplete.

So many ticks!!! We were covered in them. So be prepared. Other than that it was great. Really beautiful scenery and super easy trail. Autumn might be a better time to go

Trail itself makes for a decent short hike. Lots of people just let their dogs run through woods unwatched. Witnessed a couple dog fights both times I went.

This was a great place to visit. The map they gave me confused the heck out of me towards the end. Wish they had better landmarks on the trail map to identify where you really were. I got lost and was either on the white or blue trails. I don’t know. Lol I had to put the map down and try to figure out where I was. It didn’t help much with the one they gave me. But it was ok with that part. Really enjoyed my day! Would definitely recommend it. I will come back someday!!

quick and easy! well kept trail

This is an easy trail that you can make as short as half a mile and as long as two miles, depending on which path you decide to take.

Very well marked easy trail. lol bed the lake views

It’s the best trails ever !!

We enjoyed this scenic trail! We were treated to two bald eagle sightings and the walk-in campsites were perfectly placed for the best views.

Nice, well maintained trails. I'll definitely be back.

trail running
9 months ago

My favorite trail in Kansas, hands down. The north shore trail system is made up of the blue, white and red trail (just follow the coordinating blaze as each trail is well marked!). Ive done the entire trails system which is around 25+ miles. The red trail is the shortest trail but is (arguably) the most technical section as it scrambles along large rocks that follow the lake shore. Great for short/long hikes, trail running and biking! Great place to take your dog just be sure to keep on leash as the trails are very popular with mtn bikers.

This trail is definitely one of my local favorites. Tucked away (basically the locals best kept secret) so it doesn't get super busy, even in the summer months. A great 4-5 mile loop that has some technical parts (especially after a rain!) so it makes for a good heart pumping trek.

Hiked the trail on Christmas Eve with family. So much fun in the light dusting of snow.

We had lots of fun! Ended at a part of the lake that actually almost felt like a beach cause the water was so wavy that day up to the shore! The maps really help to get a picture of where the trails get closest to the water/shoreline.

backpacking
11 months ago

A great 4 mile loop that had quite a bit of frontage along Clinton Lake. There were 15 marked and established campsites along the trail that were slightly groomed and complete with fire pits and grates. The trail is very well maintained and blazed. Being November most of the foliage had dropped and taller grasses prevalent in the spring and summer months had subsided. I hiked and camped with my 7 year old son who did well on this trail. Elevation gain was mild for the most part. It's a great place for a quick overnighter or weekend getaway that is near Kansas City. There is also a car camping site located at the trailhead that seams to be popular with local college students. All in all a great hike that I will return to.

good views and trails are marked good

I loved it because it was a challenge. But I didn't know that you had to pay a $5 fee just to park. Also sometimes this app itself wouldn't be accurate in how the trails went about. I found myself getting lost but it was fun overall!

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice wooded trail. Hiking with the water somewhat close for a significant part of the loop, but most times would take some foraging to get down to it. Great condition on this beautiful fall day. No problem with ticks, but lots of spider webs. 2 hour round trip at a modest pace

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