Kansas March 27, 2019
7 Brief But Beautiful Hikes In Kansas You Can Take In Under An Hour
There’s a lot of places around Kansas to hike, but they usually take hours of time to get through. Unless you’re going at a super slow pace, or you keep stopping for wildflowers, these hikes are easily completed within an hour. Let’s check out these quick but beautiful hikes across Kansas that won’t take up a whole day of your travel plans. Have you hiked all of them?
1. Alcove Springs - Blue Rapids
One of our favorite waterfalls in Kansas is perfect for relaxation, but did you know it comes with a half-mile trail for you to explore? Visit after a rain and enjoy the soothing sounds of trickling water.
2. Prairie Dog Nature Trail - Norton
This 1.4 mile trail is great if you love natural grasslands and wildflowers, but if you're truly lucky, you'll see prairie dogs popping up around you in their natural habitat. You don't see these little guys often, but if you're quiet enough, snap some photos for us.
3. Coronado Heights Trail - Lindsborg
Have you ever heard of Kansas' mini castle? Coronado Heights was built long after the man it was named after stopped by, but still stands strong as a cool place to picnic on a short, 2 mile trail near Lindsborg. Take photos with family, and enjoy the view from the castle overlooking the fields of the surrounding area.
4. Mount Sunflower Trail - Weskan
Mount Sunflower isn't a mountain at all, but the highest point in Kansas definitely deserves a marker for effort. There's an attached 0.5 mile trail with plenty of wild grasses and flowers that makes this visit to the "middle of nowhere" so worth it.
5. Mushroom Rock State Park Trail - Brookville
This loveable landmark is something most Kansans recognize, but did you know there's a short trail you can take at the park? It's only 0.2 miles long, so feel free to spend the rest of your hour taking photos with the big mushrooms.
6. Horse Thief Trail - Marquette
This popular trail at Kanopolis State Park is full of rock carvings, caves to explore, and beautiful red rock outcroppings. The trail is a little on the longer side, at 1.9 miles, but most people shouldn't take more than an hour. Unless of course you're busy exploring these rocks and caves!
7. Agave Ridge Loop - Ransom
Though you may have not heard of this trail before, the rough brush and hilly landscape is beautiful in its own way. The trail itself is 0.8 miles, and runs near a lake, so you'll get plenty of scenery changes during your short hike here.
Another great thing to do outdoors is visit with wildlife, just like at
this amazing zoo hiding out in plain sight.