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Well maintained trail with nice views.

This nature preserve is managed by the Kansas Dept of Wildlife and Parks and is a mixture of native prairie, restored prairie and woods. There is an Olathe City park just east with a similar name (Prairie Center Park), so they are easily confused.

The parking area on the NorthEast has an historic home and barn, with a minimalst information sign and some paper maps. There is no permanent map posted. There was a QR code posted, but I had no cell service to use it. The parking area on the NorthWest is just a trail-head. Both trail-heads had portable toilets, but we found no drinking water available, so bring plenty. The trails are all wide, and a mixture of gravel and mowed grass (which may change over time). The paper map at the park was slightly different than the AllTrails map, probably due to different mowed paths. There are many loops to the trail system, and the signs were not helpful, so some type of map is needed to navigate the trails. I found no maps online at the KS parks department website (odd).

There is a lake in the center of the park with a dock and picnic tables and vault toilets. There are also several small ponds within view of the trails, and we saw a few different animal tracks.

A large creek runs through the park, and there were several trail crossings through the creek. Most were paved and all had only a few inches of water and were easily crossed in hiking boots. We hiked in mid-August after substantial rain and saw 10-ish different wildflowers in bloom. A legend at the trail-head describing the various wildflowers and tallgrasses would be a great project to enhance the park.

Due to the ecological conservation effort, no pets and no bikes are allowed.

Lots of broken glass and not well marked but still a decent short trail.

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6 days ago

I took my scouts here. We ended up taking some small game trails to see the falls. The original hour hike I planned turned into an awesome hour 45 min hike. everyone enjoyed it.

hiking
8 days ago

Local road detours and removals make trailhead difficult to find. Spray paint markers are wide spread and trail surface is not yet worthy of easy rating.

mountain biking
8 days ago

We rode from council grove to vassar on 8/12/17. There was some work going on and small sections were closed for about the 1st 10 miles. About 1/2 mile east of hwy 75 we ran across a bunch of stickers that cause everyone to get flat tires. We walked the rest of the way to vassar. Which was our destination. Other than that, the trail was in decent condition. 51 miles 731 feet of elevation gain and 902 feet of decent.

mountain biking
8 days ago

it's a neat little trail with some nice park areas and views. some parts of the trail smell a little funky, but overall it is worth a visit if you live close enough to walk to it.

hiking
8 days ago

Take plenty of water and a hand gun.