Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

We drove approximately 2 hours after seeing an article online about the caves and hiking tails on Facebook. It was so worth the drive! Trails were decently marked, and there were a few areas of low water crossing. $5 to get a parking pass. There’s also an area where there are prairie dogs as you are entering the State Park

Loved all of the paved and forest trails! There is also a really awesome dog park here too!

3 days ago

Good smooth well maintained concrete path. Got a path that leads down to the river and you can enjoy some of the sandy river bank. Great for dogs.

Visited on St. Patty's day; clear, breezy day, 58 degrees absolutely beautiful! I don't know that it would be this nice in the middle of summer. Who knew this gem of earth was nestled in the middle of Kansas! Must explore more!

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.

Nice trail. It was quiet and peaceful and not so far from my home.

Beautiful hike! Very rugged terrain, lots of rocks, steep inclines, trees, and a few lovely views of the lake. I’ll be going back.

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

mountain biking
19 days ago

Gravel biking: every mile had to cross busy roads. Some required dismount due to ropes to prevent cars on path. Large and deep gravel in some places.

22 days ago

Still a few muddy spots, but trails are mostly in good shape.

It’s the best trails ever !!

This is the best kept secret in Johnson County. Quite, clean, secluded, well maintained and well marked trails. By far my favorite trail around Olathe, DeSoto, Lenexa, Shawnee.

Decent little park with some good photo opportunities. I drove over an hour to get here and you pay a $5 entry fee so I didn’t feel it was quite worth it. However it was completely dead and I ran into no one for 3 hours which is nice for me because I like to let my dogs run around and go crazy.

I really enjoyed this hike. there are a number of different trails that intersect at various points so you can choose your own adventure.

Great trail for walking, running, or biking. Tons of locals use it. It's mostly flat and an easy ride. I really have a hard time understanding why it's marked as moderate. There's some great views of the creek and it's a fun bike ride in fall. The trail is long too. You can ride this trail for hours.

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 scenic trail along the Kansas River. I hiked the trail and there were photo ops every step of the way. There were quite a few very steep inclines, which was nice. There was a large homeless encampment about 2/3 of the way through. 5.5 miles is pretty accurate and it does loop, which I didn't get from my brief look at it on Alltrails. I walked in expecting to go 11 miles total. (Even though it does say loop in the legend!

This trail is permanently closed

1 month ago

Easy...but very scenic with a lovely, well-kept lake and an impressive dam.

Several short, hard hills if you hike it that way. Takes a while to learn as the trails are not particularly well marked.

Great trail

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

1 month ago

I believe this trail is broken into two loops. One in which you can see the waterfall (assuming enough precipitation has occurred) and another that is just strictly trail. Make note that you are to pay a $5.00 fee at the office in order to park on the property and hike or bike. We opted for the shorter loop to hike. Nothing special. Not any particularly great scenery, just average trails. Please note that on the day that we were there the trails were dominated by cyclers. Hikers beware.

1 month ago

Most of the trail is wide open spaces with beautiful lake views. Picturesque. However, there are a few short trails deeper in the woods that aren’t on the map (I think they are dirt bike trails?) that give you a real deep woods hike feel. I went in winter so no waterfalls to be seen but I am looking forward to going back out in the spring when the water table is up.

well marked. lots of pleasant miles available.

trail running
2 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.

scenic driving
2 months ago

I wouldn't necessarily call this a hike but it's a must see for anyone in the area. Certainly a nice view of Kansas's under rated plains. It takes about 15 mins to make it to the top on foot, maybe 3 or 4 by car.

2 months ago

Nice trail. A bit too manicured for my taste but given its proximity to KC, makes sense.

great trail with hills

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