Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

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

mountain biking
21 days ago

boring if you are a mtb. definitely for the hiker/walker/runner.

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.

Hiked on Black Friday.
Pretty much on my own with my dogs.
Hiked middle section from road to road
Very cool rocks
Very rocky path
You need very good shoes.
Would like to come back in the spring.
Great views of valley.
Some pretty cool camping spots under cliffs.

The south end from 75th to 67th is nice. From 67th to Shawnee Mission pkwy borders a lot of businesses like car lots and self storage. Not real scenic.

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

Cute little trail for me and my doggy niece. Wish there was more of a waterfall though...

Great trail, went out for a short day hike today and it didn't disappoint. Beautiful bluffs over looking the lake, lot's of ups and downs. I look forward to completing the whole trail.

5 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike. Lots of turkeys and deer...plenty of places to stop and take in the view. Just don’t forget to bring bug spray!

This is a very well kept area. Very cool to see the history tied in with the Oregon Trail.

Really a beautiful trail. Lots of sights that you won't find commonly in Kansas. Some rock climbs here and there added to the fun and brought the challenge level up a bit. Picked up a few ticks, but not that big of an issue. Only real complaint is the cow crap. It's all over the trail and in some parts is hard to avoid.

I've been hiking/backpacking on this Trail for years, it was the first Trail my kids backpacked on when they were little. Hiked it from end to end today with a couple of friends, and it didn't disappoint. Wildlife sightings, beautiful views, mostly shaded. Sturdy boots highly recommended, and plenty of water is a must. (Don't depend on water sources along the trail.) Trail is very clearly marked!

on Lake Shawnee Trail

walking
7 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

Very cool trail. More technical/steep rocks sections than expected. Lots of creek crossings. Many turtles spotted on the trail. The trail is well marked with blue paint and metal sign mile markers on trees. When we decided not to go further we went up the hillside and there was plenty of flat shady area to set up camp. Try not to go right after any kind of rain if you’re not prepared for lots of mud. If your intent is to swim at any point you should start at the end point because the river water is stagnant dirty water.

very enjoyable.

Great trail. It definitely didn't seem like Kansas. My daughter and I spent two nights on the trail. Hiking poles and good boots are needed.

My friend was on the Elk city trails and had put his Glock 30S 45Cal. down on a rock last night,4-30-18. If anyone finds it please call me at 316-806-1545.
Thank you

hiking
8 months ago

Took the boys on this trail on a perfect weekend (weather). Didn't realize this was the same weekend as the FlatRock 101K Trail race weekend. Although many trail runners were encountered, everyone was really cool. We hiked in from the east trailhead and camped overnight at the 9.5 mile marker. Completed a short hike to west trail head the next morning and left feeling great!

Terrific hike and camping. Everyone had a great time. Definitely will be back. The views were amazing, the trail is a great shape.

backpacking
8 months ago

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

backpacking
8 months 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

backpacking
9 months 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
9 months ago

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

Nice walk with paved trails. It has a few up and downhills.

backpacking
9 months 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.

backpacking
9 months ago

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

backpacking
11 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

hiking
11 months ago

I believe this trail is broken into two loops. One in which you can see the waterfall (assuming enough precipitation has occurred) and another that is just strictly trail. Make note that you are to pay a $5.00 fee at the office in order to park on the property and hike or bike. We opted for the shorter loop to hike. Nothing special. Not any particularly great scenery, just average trails. Please note that on the day that we were there the trails were dominated by cyclers. Hikers beware.

walking
11 months ago

Close to home, good for walking Lilly

hiking
11 months ago

Most of the trail is wide open spaces with beautiful lake views. Picturesque. However, there are a few short trails deeper in the woods that aren’t on the map (I think they are dirt bike trails?) that give you a real deep woods hike feel. I went in winter so no waterfalls to be seen but I am looking forward to going back out in the spring when the water table is up.

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