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

hiking
1 month ago

Skipped this trail/Park all together as it’s not dog friendly, and the loops are to short for more than a quickie . Nothing to see here
Ozark grey

hiking
3 months ago

Always one of my favorite short hikes. Usually very little traffic and I almost always see a few deer.

This nature preserve is managed by the Kansas Dept of Wildlife and Parks and is a mixture of native prairie, restored prairie and woods. There is an Olathe City park just east with a similar name (Prairie Center Park), so they are easily confused.

The parking area on the NorthEast has an historic home and barn, with a minimalst information sign and some paper maps. There is no permanent map posted. There was a QR code posted, but I had no cell service to use it. The parking area on the NorthWest is just a trail-head. Both trail-heads had portable toilets, but we found no drinking water available, so bring plenty. The trails are all wide, and a mixture of gravel and mowed grass (which may change over time). The paper map at the park was slightly different than the AllTrails map, probably due to different mowed paths. There are many loops to the trail system, and the signs were not helpful, so some type of map is needed to navigate the trails. I found no maps online at the KS parks department website (odd).

There is a lake in the center of the park with a dock and picnic tables and vault toilets. There are also several small ponds within view of the trails, and we saw a few different animal tracks.

A large creek runs through the park, and there were several trail crossings through the creek. Most were paved and all had only a few inches of water and were easily crossed in hiking boots. We hiked in mid-August after substantial rain and saw 10-ish different wildflowers in bloom. A legend at the trail-head describing the various wildflowers and tallgrasses would be a great project to enhance the park.

Due to the ecological conservation effort, no pets and no bikes are allowed.

Great trail for families! See awesome wildlife, everytime.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike for kiddos/families. We saw 4 deer on our hike last weekend!!

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great trail for a quick escape from the city with the family.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

We saw lots of neat insects, but it was too noisy with the trains nearby.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Thumbs up. For beginners like us, the trail was exactly what we needed and expected. Most of the trail was shaded, with a few spots opening into prairie. A few crossroads with options to extend the hike. We will be back.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Easy trail. Very enjoyable walk.

hiking
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

decent trail with plenty of trees. there was a couple of nice water crossings!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Good little bit of scenery but not a very long trail.

walking
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

easy peasy. kids love to get to see the animals at the center before or after hike.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Very easy short hike through woods. Wear mosquito repellent!

hiking
Friday, August 21, 2015

A trail through woods and several small streams. Rocky path in areas and can be muddy after rain because it's primarily compacted dirt trail. Lots of spider webs on trail so bring a stick to knock them down or you'll get a face full!

on Lower Ridge Trail

hiking
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nice trails.very easy.too bad you hear traffic from Hwy.

on Lower Ridge Trail

hiking
Sunday, August 03, 2014

Very easy and kid friendly trail.

on Lower Ridge Trail

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A fairly easy hike. Clean and not crowded.

hiking
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Great trail! Took the family on this easy hike through the woods and had a great time. Not for strollers, but perfect for young kids. Lots of nature to enjoy.

hiking
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Great trail! Took the family on this easy hike through the woods and had a great time. Not for strollers, but perfect for young kids. Lots of nature to enjoy.

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Easy, nice trail. Great for kids or someone looking for a short hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Easy, nice trail. Great for kids or someone looking for a short hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Easy, nice trail. Great for kids or someone looking for a short hike.

hiking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Great hike for kids, we let them lead the way. Fun nature center for kids too!

hiking
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This is actually a very small trail (0.2mi) in Ernie Miller Nature Park, and one of the super easy trails (my husband walked it while pushing the stroller, though it is unpaved). There are easy-to-moderate trails throughout the center. There are a few hills and stream crossings. I hiked almost the entire park and it was a total of 3 miles. This is a good trail system for beginning hikers, those who want to get out in nature for an hour or so, or those wishing to introduce children to hiking.

hiking
Sunday, April 22, 2012

Easy trail and a nice hike. Shaded for most of the trail, so a good one for a hot day. We clocked it on our GPS and it was only 2.1 miles long, starting at the visitor center.

on Bittersweet Trail

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2012

An enjoyable short hike along a stream bed, over some scrabble and through young woodlands. The Bittersweet trail is short part of a series of trails in this parkland.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2011

Nice shady trail for a short hike, even on a super hot day like today. Has nice view of the creek, saw some does with their babies splashing around in it. Very peaceful & quiet. Would definately hike this area again for a quick, easy get-away.

hiking
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Not a bad trail for beginners or someone just looking to get out for an hour or two and enjoy nature. A couple of creek crossings and about 5 nature trails along with some walking and biking trails.

hiking
11 days ago

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