Fall is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the cooler, not-so-miserably-humid temperatures than by exploring a few of the incredible trails that call Kansas “home”? Here are 9 of these trails that are a must-do for all outdoor lovers:
1. Lake Scott State Park (Scott City)
This 7-mile, multi-use trail is full of rugged terrain, awe-inspiring landscape (complete with cactus and sage), and a unique opportunity to travel below an Ogallala formation.
2. Chautauqua Hills Trail (Toronto)
Pick one of the three colors and follow the designated trail over babbling brooks, rugged stone staircases and various eco-systems, including shaded forests and open prairie.
3. Table Mound Hiking Trail (Independence)
Take a hike through caves, boulder fields and steep stone slabs on this advanced (albeit awesome) trail.
4. Cedar Bluff State Park (Ellis)
This 5-mile, multi-purpose trail is a feast for the senses with the sights of copper-colored rocks, sounds of singing native birds and the sweet smells of fresh air.
5. George Latham Trail (Lawrence)
Stroll along the serene waters of Clinton Lake at this unexpected paradise.
6. Rock Town Natural Area (Sylvan Grove)
Whether you hike, bike, or kayak, you will want to experience the rolling hills and rocky terrain of Wilson Lake's favorite resident.
7. Konza Prairie Biological Station Trail (Manhattan)
The nearly 3-mile hike along the colorful Flint Hills showcases a variety of scenery including ranchlands, native wildflowers (as far as the eye can see) and rocky ridges.
8. Horsethief Trail (Marquette)
The multi-use trail, located at Kanopolis State Park, offers both easy and difficult trails. (Fair warning: the difficult trail has three deep water crossings and narrow spots throughout the rocky canyons.)
9. Scenic Overlook Trail (Emporia)
This Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve trail lives up to its name with 300 foot climbs, stunning vistas and out-of-this-world valley views.