Explore the most popular views trails 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.

nature trips
1 day ago

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

This is an easy trail that you can make as short as half a mile and as long as two miles, depending on which path you decide to take.

Well maintained and marked, but a few trees are down due to the recent insane wind. Lots of leaves right now, so I would recommend poles or a walking stick because they hide a lot of obstacles. All in all, this is a fun trail.

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

Enjoyed the hike and views of surrounding flint hills. Not the best time of year to see prairie life as most of the prairie grass had been burned for the winter.

Very well marked easy trail. lol bed the lake views

trail running
13 days ago

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

Great wooded area. Clean clear water even in the coves. Very quiet, clean. Plenty of connecting trails to stay busy

15 days ago

We love this trail! You wouldn't expect this scenery in KS, but it is well worth the drive.

Tucked away behind the city for a nice romantic or solo walk. In spring and fall the flowers are fantastic.

This really isn't a trail; just a short loop. Some good history here, and the view from the top is fun, but nothing fantastic.

This is the best kept secret in Johnson County. Quite, clean, secluded, well maintained and well marked trails. By far my favorite trail around Olathe, DeSoto, Lenexa, Shawnee.

Stopped on our way through Kansas and got out hiking. Very little traffic the day we went. Had hoped to see some bison but not our day, hopefully next time.

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.

Beautiful prairie and wonderful trails. We went to the (I think it’s called) “Outback Country” where there were free roaming bison. We wanted to play it safe and give the bison their space so about 10 minutes into the hike after seeing a herd of about 10-15 we turned back. We enjoyed a lot of the other trails and I would definitely go again.

We enjoyed this scenic trail! We were treated to two bald eagle sightings and the walk-in campsites were perfectly placed for the best views.

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

I really enjoyed this hike. there are a number of different trails that intersect at various points so you can choose your own adventure.

Nice short walk with dog en route from Kansas City to Colorado

26 days ago

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

Great scenic trail along the Kansas River. I hiked the trail and there were photo ops every step of the way. There were quite a few very steep inclines, which was nice. There was a large homeless encampment about 2/3 of the way through. 5.5 miles is pretty accurate and it does loop, which I didn't get from my brief look at it on Alltrails. I walked in expecting to go 11 miles total. (Even though it does say loop in the legend!

Decent trail for casual walking

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.

1 month 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.

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

Great for long bike adventures with small towns. Not great if you are looking for big hills. Some stretches of the trail are so straight you can see a mile ahead of you.

Several short, hard hills if you hike it that way. Takes a while to learn as the trails are not particularly well marked.

1 month 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

trail running
1 month ago

Parked at the Slough creek boat ramp. Ran through mile 27 and 28. The trail is actually 29 miles total.

Great trail

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