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Very nice park with surfaces alternating from concrete to blacktop to boardwalk.

Very scenic trail, rocky and difficult at times, will rehike often.

this trail is local for us as we live in rural Franklin county nice simple enjoyable trail.

this trail is local for us as we live in rural Franklin county so it's easy to use it's usually always clean it's just a nice simple trail.

If you’re in the Manhattan area, I’d definitely say to give it a go. The Flint Hills don’t get enough credit for how pretty they are.

It’s no mountain trail, but it’s a nice little with plenty to see.

Marked well, trails were wet and muddy. I would have liked a better map of the several small trail options. The trail loop itself is very close to a shooting range/people that really love shooting unnecessarily for rounds at a time. At one point we felt too close to the gunfire.

Nice easy trail. We wandered off the trail a couple times to see other sights. Lots of deer tracks and lots of birds.

For the Midwest this trail has a lot going for it. It’s on a reserve with primitive camping spots dotted along this loop that overlooks the Clinton Reservoir, it goes through fields, woods and along the shore line. There’s some fun rocky terrain in quite a few places along with a few water crossings but nothing serious, there’s very little elevation but enough to get a workout. It’s very quiet except for the occasional gun shot (I believe there’s a range across the lake) but I only heard a few rounds and only came across one other couple hiking plus one guy camping. The trail is very well marked in blue, it seems to be well maintained (a tad narrow in places) and I imagine the poison ivy is fairly bad in warmer weather. The trail seems to retain moisture, it was a little muddy and even frozen slick in places but that’s part of the fun I guess. I imagine there’s a lot of wildlife out here too, saw lots of evidence of deer and raccoon so I’m sure there’s more.
I live an hour from here but will definitely make it a day trip next time and hang out longer in one of the camping spots, maybe bring lunch and a hammock?

Good for a relatively pleasant nature fix. Not yet too crowded. The water view is peaceful. Be prepared for noise pollution from 18-wheelers on the nearby highway.

15 days ago

Ran a 3.5 out and back. nice trail for any level from recreation to running/easy hiking. great for family. differently pet friendly and the owners seemed to ensure personal where on the leases but didn't clean up dog poop

awesome

backpacking
18 days ago

Not much of a hiking trail but great camping!

mountain biking
19 days ago

take wrong turn and you could end up on some hard trails. love it. definitely for those in better shape

mountain biking
19 days ago

beautiful

An excellent hike that is more varied than you might expect, with respectable ascents and descents, rock outcrops, and wonderful views from valley and ridge top alike (including views of Manhattan in the distance). I can’t recommend this one enough.

mountain biking
19 days ago

wouldnt do it alone but its a fun decent ride.

mountain biking
19 days ago

so close to home. me and the dog hike it or i mtb it

mountain biking
19 days ago

cant wait for this trail to be extendedneven fuether south. hopefuly sooner than later.

Nice trail, good views.

Great for running.

Fun hike!

Nice hike with some great views of the prairies. You can choose to do one of three loops depending how far you want to hike. Plenty of parking.

hiking
26 days ago

Would be a nice running or mountain biking trail when it is dry. Could be better marked.

You can drive to the top if you dont want to do the hike. Not much to see until you’re up there. Pretty cool little stone “castle” to check out with a good view

this is our go to trail when we need to get moving but dont have the time.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked this for its length and scenery. We saw a bald eagle in flight. Beautiful. There is a section of the trail marked to stay on the trail because of unexploded ordinances. Surprised no one else mentioned that. The trail was really well maintained with benches and trashcans.

I like this trail, but it is cracked in some areas. Not a huge problem though.

Beautiful trail! Use caution, husband and I saw mountain lion tracks in the snow there yesterday 11/28/2018!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Greatly enjoyed the trail! Took my wife and kids backpacking and spent the night out on the trail. Highly recommend. We started on the down by the dam though. Had some tricky spots going through crevices but was pretty easy and great views.

Hiked end to end starting at East trailhead on Monday the 26th of November. Started at 7:17am. 23 degrees with light snow cover over everything. It warmed up to above freezing around noon and the trail got pretty sloppy. This trail is a major workout for your ankles and knees. Very rocky terrain and lots of elevation changes. Seen lots of wildlife (deer, squirrels, tons of ducks and geese and one eagle on the lake). We also seen some wild hog tracks around mile 11. We finished at 4:45pm so little over 9.5hrs to complete the entire thing. We did stop and ate lunch for about 30 mins. Great hike, perfect weather. Not what you'd expect in Kansas. There is a trailhead at around mile 9 if you don't want to hike the entire thing and another road at around mile 13, but you'll need to leave the trail to find the road about 1/4 mile from trail. It's really easy to find using google maps.

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