It’s a beautiful summer day in Kansas… so what are you going to do? Sit inside and avoid the crazy heat and humidity? Umm, no. Scenic drive? Maybe… but today is extra stunning and calls for something equally memorable, like an unforgettable walk, hike, or ride along one of these 10 gorgeous waterfront trails:
1. Riverfront Heritage Trail (Kansas City)
Running along the Kansas/Missouri border is the scenic 15-mile pathway that connects walkers and bikers with some of the richest history in all of Kansas City.
2. Keeper of the Plains (Wichita)
When is the best time to cross the the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers to see the magnificent Keeper? In the evening, when he is all lit up and performing his famous "Ring of Fire" show.
3. Jim P. Martinez Sunflower Trail (Hutchinson)
This Hutchinson-area favorite runs 6.8 miles and takes travelers along the Arkansas River, Cow Creek, and Carey Park pond (pictured).
4. Salina Levee Trail (Salina)
Whether you jog, stroll, or ride it, you are guaranteed to enjoy the sights and sounds of the always lovely Smoky Hill River.
5. Junction City Riverwalk Trail (Junction City)
No matter the time of year, the beauty of this 4.8-mile trail (which runs along the cascading waters of the Republican River) is truly a sight to behold!
6. Lake Shawnee Trail (Topeka)
One of the newest additions to Topeka's favorite lake is this paved 6.6-mile trail that offers everyone (who isn't in a motorized vehicle) an even better view of the pristine area.
7. Blue River Rail Trail (Marysville)
Run; don't walk to get to this popular Kansas rail-trail. (For those---like myself---who are unsure of what a rail-trail is, it is an abandoned railroad line that has been converted into trails and paths for the community to enjoy.)
8. Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail (Shawnee)
If you think this picture of the Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail (which runs along Mill Creek Streamway Park) looks tranquil, wait until you experience it for yourself...
9. Switchgrass Bike Trail at Wilson State Park (Sylvan Grove)
And you thought the lake was just for fishing and lounging... (Please note: the trail is 23-miles long and is intended for walking and mountain biking only.)
10. Lawrence Levee Trail (Lawrence)
Last but certainly not least on our list of Kansas waterfront trails is this 9.3-mile path that is sure to give you a new outlook on the hardworking Kansas River.