Kansas Hiking, Nature November 29, 2016
11 Picturesque Trails In Kansas That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
Last week, we brought you
The One Winter Hike That Will Show You Kansas Like Never Before and talked about why it is one of our favorite hikes to take during these cold winter months. However, after thinking more about it, we realized that we have more than one favorite winter hike and wanted to share them with you! Without further ado, here are 11 more picturesque trails in Kansas that are perfect for winter hiking:
1. Konza Prairie (Manhattan)
No matter the time of year, Konza Prairie offers scenic views and a perfect 2.8-mile trail that can be traveled by just about anyone!
2. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Strong City)
Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or something a bit more butt busting, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve has you covered with both their nature and backcountry hiking trails.
3. Kansas River Trail (Lawrence)
Experience one of the world’s longest prairie rivers like never before when you walk alongside it on this unforgettable 8.4-mile trail!
4. Elk River Hiking Trail (Elk City)
Here's something you don't see everyday in Kansas: canyons, caves, and distinct limestone bluffs! All of that (and more) can be found along the Elk River Hiking Trail.
5. Great Plains Nature Center (Wichita)
Not only does this beautiful Wichita attraction feature a state-of-the-art wildlife observatory, it also offers two miles worth of winding trails via their 240-acre Chisholm Creek Park.
6. Horsethief Canyon (Kanopolis State Park)
Another unique Kansas area is that of Horsethief Canyon which -- like Elk River -- features amazing canyons, bluffs, and grasslands!
7. Chaplin Nature Center (Arkansas City)
Southwest Kansas's premiere destination for hiking and quality outdoors time is at this memorable 230-acre nature preserve.
8. Clinton State Park (Lawrence)
Tip: Walk around Clinton Lake at either sunrise or sunset... sure, it will be freezing in the winter, BUT bundling up is truly worth it in order to get a glimpse of these vibrant skies!
9. Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (Overland Park)
It isn't a hiking trail per se, but 'tis the season for walking the grounds of the 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, as it is currently all aglow during their 17th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk.
10. Botanica, The Wichita Gardens (Wichita)
Much like the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Botanica is worth checking out after dark during their jaw-dropping Illuminations event, which runs now through December 31st.
11. Scott State Park (Scott City)
You know Scott State Park for its beautiful beach, lake, and historic ruins, but did you know it also has a few equally memorable designated hiking trails? (If you didn't, now you do!)
Where do you like to hike during these cold winter months?
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