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Lovely even on a cold gray day

it is a great trail, but it is 100percent a horse trail

Very nice flat and fast trail . Scenic along Kansas River.

Awesome trail that was very well marked. Super clean with some nice elevation changes. Plenty of streams and overall great trail!!

well maintained trail with some nice Kansas scenery. The wife, pup and I covered this in just over an hour while stopping at the lake for pictures.

Beautiful and loved having a view of the lake!

22 days ago

An Overland Park gem!

Very nice trail system to hike
only complaint is that needs to be marked a little better

Beautifully maintained trails with a variety of terrain and views of lake, meadows and woods. The horse camp is exceptional with covered stalls.

I’ve run trail races here. It is very technical and very rewarding. Gorgeous views once you get out of the trees.

29 days ago

Any day on a trail is a 5 star day. These trails are fantastic if you like the grit and city trail ambiance, views and city sounds unseen while being on the trail and at times blazing that come with it. If you are looking for a path these may not be for you.

29 days ago

When in the area I will definitely return. This is a great trail close-ish to my hometown. The lake was flooded so we didn’t get to do the entire trail; however, what we were able to do convinced me to return sometime. There wasn’t anyone else there on this fall day. We saw lots of birds, a pelican even, tons of deer and great rocks.

Good little stop if you are in the area. The ‘trail’ was clear. The rock formations were interesting and pretty. It is sad that people have defaced them so much though. Only other downside to this is the dated, offensive signage about the park. Some folks have tried to rightfully update it but really it needs professionally redone.

I personally didn't think this trail was marked well at all. I got off it real easy and had to use the app to find it again which was sorta sad for me because I usually keep on task. lol I believe I missed half of it cause as soon as I walked in, I walked out. I dunno if I got off track and took a short cut.

very nice trail system to hike

It’s a nice trail with lots to see. Nice, long hiking trails, and they have water stations which is nice. Flowers were pretty although we were more interested in the nature trails. Only downside is it costs $$ but it’s pretty cheap.

Great horses trail! pay 5$ to ride for the day, but well worth it. trails are nicely maintained!

For hiking and horseback riding it's great, not so much for mountain biking. The sand is too loose. we had to walk our bikes more than half the way.

1 month ago

The only thing hard about this Trail, is trying to stay on it. I'm guessing you follow the blue markers, but they cross a bunch of yellow markers. It seems to be a little confusing. But as far as the trail, it's well-defined. The weeds are kind of tall, 3 to 4 feet in some spots, but the trail is still very visible. Nice area. Couple a really nice views by Hillsdale Lake. I'm interested to walk this Trail in the winter, so we will definitely be back. Also, there is a self paid $5 charge to park in their parking lot. There's a little stand to the right, before you come into the parking lot, that you pay $5 for a permit you stick on your windshield. So if you're going to park there, bring five bucks cash and be prepared for that.
This is also very much used as a horse trail, as there are horse stables nearby, so be prepared for lots of horse poop and some deep ruts if it's muddy.

What a challenge!
Started at the trailhead and took lefts at all forms until E where I took the cutoff to the right. Stay left at L and you'll end with 10 miles under your boots! Lovely Hike.

We put on bug spray before and came out absolutely covered in ticks

Good for mountain biking. Hiking was nice, but no one has been on the trail for ages, so I got covered in spider webs!! It was nice being alone. No views of the lake tho

road biking
1 month ago

I have ridden this entire Trail on my bicycle. is well maintained and most of the ride is very scenic. the best part is south of Shawnee Mission Parkway on top of the large Hill. it has a great Overlook area.

Nice change of scenery from NE Kansas. Prairie hiking is nice every now and then. Beautiful!

2 months ago

beautiful place. nice trails. usually well maintained. always surprisingly trash free. many nice vistas. while overall it's an easy walk there are a few paces where you really need to pay attention.

Nice, paved trail for the road bike. Pretty, scenic suburban trail meanders along Mill Creek. Fairly busy on the weekend. Watch out on the blind curves as the trail is somewhat narrow.

2 months ago

Went in early September after a week of rain so the water level was higher than usual. It was cloudy out so not too hot. Beautiful trail. Rocktown was amazing and we were the only ones there. Spotted some deer, lizards, and turtles. Love this trail! We will be returning.

2 months ago

Great! With 4 kids we found this scenic and no trouble. Trail head isn’t well marked but once you find it, there’s no trouble following it around the lake.

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