There are few ways to really experience Kansas fully, and a great way we’ve found that’ll keep you healthy at the same time is hiking. You get exercise, spectacular views, and sometimes fellow hiking friends to continue your journeys with. You can follow historic trails like some of these, or even stumble upon extraordinary ruins from years before you were born. Let’s get walking!
1. El Cuartelejo - Scott City
In Scott City, Kansas, this ruin might not be on a hiking trail, but an old river trail used years ago runs right to it. The northernmost and easternmost pueblo in America (well, it's foundation) sits at this site right here in Kansas, built in the 17th-century. You've really got to check out this one.
The "ghost town" of Elgin sits right on the Kansas/Oklahoma border, and is full of abandoned ruins of a town that once was. Though it isn't a hiking trail either, you can definitely get some legwork in as you walk around town.
3. Coronado Heights - Lindsborg
The trail itself is a 3.2-mile loop around the park area, but the castle at the top of the hill is where i'm headed straight towards. It's allegedly where Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado stopped to find cities of gold.
4. Abandoned Schoolhouses - Flint Hills
There are plenty of trails throughout the Flint Hills, and also quite a few abandoned school houses littering the countryside as well. Why not go discover a few?
5. Abandoned Houses - Diamond Springs
In Diamond Springs, there are a few old, dilapidated houses where you can truly see the skeletons of the buildings. There isn't a hiking trail nearby, but walking the land gets your legs moving, and the city sits on the old Santa Fe Trail.
6. Dornwood Park Trail - Topeka
Unknown enough that we couldn't find good pictures, there are hidden ruins along this 7-mile trail.
7. Flint Hills Nature Trail - various counties
Altogether, the entire trail is 117 miles long. It features plenty of restored historic sites, wonderful natural landmarks, and abandoned places.
Here's a list of all of them.