Explore the most popular hiking trails near Kansas City 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
2 days ago

it was a great trail just lots of spiderwebs that you would constantly run into. other than that it would be great to do again.

The trail itself was beautiful and felt fairly moderate, although it may have been the 100+ degree weather talking. :) The only downside was who we are fairly sure was a homeless man hanging around at the far edge of the loop, near the highway. Didn’t get good vibes from this gentleman, and my boyfriend and I hightailed it through the last 1.5 miles. A shame, because the hike really was fantastic!

mountain biking
6 days ago

very cool trail to mountain bike on. lots of unique sections of the trail to tackle. very interesting old style farm equipment. one section of rock is tough for bikes though but the rest is a cake walk. if you take a right through the prairie a trail leads you to the town. go forward and its back to trail head.

Follow up edit: Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department has no record of there being a trail here. The pedestrian bridge exists only to help children safely cross the steam on their way to school, not as any part of a maintained trail system.
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As others said, lots of spiders. This seems less like a hiking trail and more like a game path. It is not marked and in several places completely disappears. I'm not sure this was ever a real trail and not just a path back to some homeless encampments.

mountain biking
7 days ago

Went clockwise on my mountain bike. Some of the best flow trails I've yet to experience. I rated 4 b/c I thought the trail was going to be super easy, but I wound up having my 1st crash in my KC trailing life (I moved here in May). I've ridden Landahl, BSLNST, part of Lake Jacomo, Kessler Park, & Rancho Swope. A lot of those trails were quite difficult, some were extreme. None of them I've had a wreck in until this one.

It was on a simple dip that happened to be too steep coming up. I was going a bit fast & it felt like my front tire hit a brick wall - it knocked me off balance. It also slightly bent my front wheel.

Other than that, it was pretty great. Almost like a roller coaster. The valley was also magnificent. Will go back & be more careful. Heh.

This is a dirt trail that is very easy to follow, well-marked, and fairly well maintained. In dry weather it was completely fine but I can see it being very difficult in wet muddy weather. There were lots of butterflies, birds, and insects. We also saw a raccoon and a few squirrels. It was easily passable and enjoyable with a small dog. This would even be a really enjoyable mountain biking trail for someone with at least moderate skills. In terms of exercise, hiking at a brisk pace made for a decent workout with the number of hills and gullies. The only real downside was the number and frequency of spiderwebs. We probably encountered 40 to 50 small ones across the trail as well as significantly more off to the sides.

walking
14 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

decent hike. sadly someone has vandalized some of the trees with demonic & swastika signs.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice suburban trail. mostly shaded, follows a creek.

Nice trail for urban area.

I hiked the easier trail. Well defined but sometimes not well marked. Challenging near the bluffs and easy on the north side. Almost stepped on some adolescent raccoons! Don't take valuables - car break ins are common. My car also bottomed out in the unpaved parking area.

A very pleasant trail. It starts out with switchbacks as you climb a hill. But it then evens out a bit as the trail continues. The woods around are beautiful and the trail is usually nice and wide. Unfortunately, not every fork in the trail is marked, so it’s sometimes difficult to tell which trail you’ve turned onto. But overall, it’s a very nice hike.

terrible path. not marked. trashed. homeless shelters everywhere. more spiders than Hogwarts no joke. put off spray on if you tackle this trail and a walking stick to move webs.

walking
26 days ago

Walking path around ball diamonds. Good for walking the dog,

hiking
26 days ago

Nice urban gravel trail. Part of the Hodge park. Nice pioneer village to see also.

hiking
26 days ago

Simple trail. Should be better maintained, improved because it is a memorial to true heroes.

nice little nature trail..saw deer turtles ..pretty cool..

Great paved and off road trails! A new favorite!

hiking
1 month ago

Wide gravel trail through the woods. Well maintained. A couple easy to moderate inclines but other than that pretty level.

Very cool trail about 2/3rds in the shade in July at 11am, nice lake, a cave and natural bridge, it’s mostly gravel and follows and crosses a stream a few times, easy trail with a couple of hills.

Agree with last review. The spiders are out of control. Im not too creeped out by spiders but, it is obnoxious to walk into web after web. Made it 20’ into the trail and walked through about 4 webs.

intense dirt trail. not easy but moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Dog enjoyed it. A bit confusing, we deviated a bit from our main route.

Clean trail. Beautiful view. Lots of traffic.

This looks like it could be a great hike but the spiders were ridiculous today! Reminded me of Raiders Of The Lost Ark! Had to abandon trip. ☹️

mountain biking
1 month ago

very very exciting trail to bike on. warned to not ride when wet out. its hands down the best mountain bike trail in Kansas city. if you bike its like a rollercoaster. for experienced riders only. trail is actually 3.2 miles long.

hiking
1 month ago

I hate to give this one 3 stars, since this is my local neighborhood park. But seriously, the trails are very narrow and sometimes overgrown, there’s a fair amount of trash along the trails, and they don’t appear very well maintained. That said, the park is nice and is a good place to get out of the city, while still being right in the middle of the city.

Beautiful trail. Not well marked so use this map reference to guide you. I got a little off track for a bit and it ended up being a 7 mile hike!

Brother and I have done ~4 and 5-mile stretches of this trail a few times. It's a nice, well-maintained trail, though the signage is less than helpful in some places. Small variety of features to see. We saw a nice mushroom in a more lush part of the trail and cacti with wildflowers in a rockier part of the trail. (Photos uploaded.) Want to spend more time with it and log more miles on it.

hiking
2 months ago

Majestic elevation, not for the weary of heart.

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