Explore the most popular State Parks 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.

backpacking
2 days ago

Love it, will make a return trip when weather conditions are better.

backpacking
2 days ago

Had a great time, picked a crappy weekend to go as far as the weather, it was raining the entire time, still enjoyed this trail, we were planning on camping but due to the rain we just went ahead and hiked the whole 15 miles and left, I’m sure I will revisit, hopefully on a nice weekend, in my opinion the better camp spots and views are in the 1st half, would like to go back and go through backwards from 15 to 1 next time, as far as the terrain goes I loved it, not to hard, not to easy, I highly recommend this trail

The RED and BLUE Camp Trails are series of horse trails managed by the local horse club and within the Hillsdale Lake Sate Park. The trail is well marked and great maps are available on the park website. Marker 8 is just South of the highway and connects to trail segments to the north. Hikers can park at the state park office and hike 0.3 miles along the highway to the marker and start the trail. The eastern leg of this loop from 8 to 9 is mostly open plains and can be muddy with some deep ruts. The western leg of this loop from 9 to 8 is more wooded and rocky. There is a cut through in the middle of the trail if you want to shorten the loop. There are no water crossings in this loop. At marker 9, you can head West and connect to more of the RED trails below the dam. Trail hiked in April of 2018.

Nice trail to walk

A short paved trail that features markers describing trees, plants, and wildlife you will encounter.

20 days ago

My husband and I hiked this trail on April 2. It was 28*, but the humidity made it feel even colder. I've never felt so cold on a hike!

This trail is short and sweet. It's a wide, easy dirt path with minimal incline, and benches to sit on every few hundred feet. It'd be a perfect trail for seniors or small children.

An occasional glimpse of the lake but nothing else too spectacular as far as the view goes. A solid little walk if you're in the area but nothing worth driving out for.

trail running
25 days ago

Narrow trail with no view. Definitely a bike trail. Mostly trees, but without leaves there is a decent amount of sun.

Great stuff
Ozark grey

backpacking
29 days ago

Best long hike in Kansas hands down. Not even close. Have done the entire length of the trail three times, once a year the past three years. Great camping spots, moderate amounts of water you'll need to filter and sterilize. You can cache water and food carefully if you know the location between the 9 and 10 mile markers on the trail where an old paved road ends.

Directions to both ends of the trail are very poorly marked and can be difficult to find but very worth the effort. Campfires are allowed, a real plus. Very small waterfall near 12 mile mark is a welcome respite but watch for snakes, saw a Copperhead sunning there a few years ago in late March.

backpacking
29 days ago

It’s occasionally muddy, but still lots of fun! It is one of our favorites.

Favorite trail I city limits. Pet friendly. Like others, I highly recommend going off the paved trail and exploring the offshoot trails. I love this place!

backpacking
1 month ago

My husband and I just hiked 13 miles here in 5.5 hours. It was a beautiful trail. Very well marked. We were glad to have found this little gym in Kansas. We would recommend this trail.

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Did a backpacking trip with the Boy Scout troop, very scenic trail. Definitely doesn't feel like you're in Kansas.

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!

nature trips
1 month ago

Underwhelming. It’s over before you even know it and nothing really special about it

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

We parked, paid 5 bucks, took the red trail, the longest trail, it was not good for hiking at all, quite boring through the pasture . Boring will not come back

It’s the best trails ever !!

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.

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

Decent trail for casual walking

hiking
2 months ago

Hidden Springs Trail is a very nice loop trail behind the Army Corps of Engineers building on the East side of Hillsdale Lake. It's wooded and fairly quiet. Horses are allowed on most of the trail, with some bridges and sections having signs saying "no horses." I enjoyed the multiple bridges and the interesting winding of the trail. It's possible to walk to the lakeshore at one point of the trail. There is a wooden lookout and multiple rock outcrops. Overall I really enjoyed this trail and would recommend it to others.

walking
2 months ago

I work nearby and this paved trail is a great spot for a lunchtime walk. Trail is right along the river, has lots of tree cover and several benches and even swings where you can stop, sit and watch the river.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was fairly easy, and about 2.3 miles round trip. We finished in right about an hour an stopped to take a lot of pictures and climb on the rocks. You will hike a loop trail through a prairie and halfway through the loop, you will come to Wilson Lake, where there are some sandstone rock formations.

backpacking
2 months ago

Just did an out and back camping trip..hiked in five miles from East end and camped overlooking lake..nice scenery even in winter..trail was good exercise too.Fyi the lake was really the only water available for filtering

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

I thought the orange trail was a great trail. It was easy and ended up being a 6 mile loop, beginning to end. It was very, very well marked. It had a few water crossings and other water features like a pond and view of Melvern Lake. It had quite a few interesting photo ops, too. I went during the winter so vegetation and bugs were not an issue. There are quite a few open spaces so a windy day might be a challenge if your not used to the windy prairie life. There were lots of Read Tail Hawks soaring looking for dinner! Loved it and will be back to go the 10 mile blue trail soon!

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