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

Our go to trail for our sat hikes. There are 16% and 18% grades on the trail.
Great for getting ready for a good backpack trip.
We start at the trailhead and then go to the bridge after the portable potty on the other side of the hill. Then we turn around and do the hills again.

About as good as any and better than most for a workout.

Gets crowded with bikers and runners.
Fun little walk

A friend and I hiked part of the orange trail and all of the red trail on a recent Saturday. Our whole hike was about 7 miles. Even though we hiked during the middle of the day, the trail was partly shaded and comfortable in temperature. This was my first visit to Shawnee Mission Park, and it is beautiful! The visitor's center staff is very friendly and provides free detailed maps. Like some other reviews mention, there are some large rocks and tree roots on the trail. Since we were hiking, this was not a problem, but it may be a challenge for a beginning biker. I can't wait to go back and try the other trails!

One of my favorite trails! Easy bike trail with some decent climbs mixed in. Not too heavily traveled.

Very well kept trail, good place to condition for backpacking.

My go-to trails in the area. rocky, rooty, and varied.

This is a beautiful trail that crosses a number of areas of the city including railroads, ponds, bridges, ballparks, tree lined pathways, and parks. It’s a great day ride and gives you the opportunity to ride to the top of a high bluff overlooking the valley below. You’ll want to come back to ride or walk again.

Fun trail. My only criticism is the trail markers. They aren’t very specific to which trail you’re on, so if I hadn’t been mapping my hike with the all trails app I probably would have wandered off onto a different trail by mistake, possibly lengthening my hike by several miles. This was the case with a family I came across on the trail. Fortunately I was able to help them but they were headed in the completely wrong direction when they were trying to get back to their vehicle. I think if the trail markers said specifically which trail they were for it would be helpful.

I love this trail!

A good hike that is surprisingly rural for how close you are to the suburbs. The hike down the dam is somewhat steep, but then the main loop is lots of flat fields.

On hot days, the sun could get rough. There are scattered groves of trees you go through (one has the crumbling remains of a stone building), but they are probably less than 30% of the trail.

Tons of birds, and if you want to explore close to Mill Creek on the West side you'll probably spot turtles and frogs. The train goes right by the creek every 20 minutes or so.

Good for hiking, not the best for mountain biking due to the quantity of loose rocks

the trail has gotten. little more challenging since I rode it a couple years ago. but, it was a great ride and I had lots of fun.

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

trail running
4 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of people on a nice day though.

very easy to walk we had a toddler on a Cruz bike and stroller and we were able to do about five miles.

Used this trail for training for backpacking. Good trail not much elevation change.

Longest of the trails at smp. Nice hike. Rocky but not difficult.

Great trail

well marked. lots of pleasant miles available.

Very busy with lots of off leash pooches to greet you.

beautiful in the fall. well marked and easy to navigate.

Trail was closed for some type of reconstruction

Its great way to get in a long distance run.

Very nice trail for hiking. Suggest hiking shoes as it is rocky in parts.

road biking
9 months ago

Kind of narrow rough concrete in some areas. somewhat scenic in areas. Good access to Farmer Market from the back.

We actually did the Orange, Gold, Red and Violet trails on this one hike. Very rocky throughout. Wear hiking boots for sure. And bring water!! Be careful of bikers in the narrow parts of the trail.

These trails are for mountain biking. If you look at the map at the trail head, it identifies them as biking trails. We hiked them because of the reviews here and found out quickly that they are too narrow for a biker to pass a hiker without said hiker having to step completely off the trail and into thick underbrush. The park is lovely, though, and there are much better places for people not on bicycles to have fun (including actual hiking and walking trails south of the lake.)

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