Kansas May 02, 2018
10 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Kansas That Are 1 Mile And Under
Hiking is something many Kansans do in their spare time, partially to explore our natural beauty, and partially for health benefits. It’s a great way to get outdoors and stay moving, no matter your age. However, sometimes children don’t want to be walking for long periods of time, so we’ve gathered these 10 kid-friendly hikes that are easy to do, and also not very long. Come take a look!
1. Prairie Park Nature Center - Lawrence
Just look at that view! This 0.9 mile loop around a small lake is the perfect activity for watching birds, or just enjoying the outdoors with family.
2. Bittersweet Trail - Olathe
This little trail in Ernie Miller Nature Park is only 0.4 miles, which makes it a quick jaunt through the trees for any age. There's wildflowers, rocks, and plenty of deer if you know where to look.
3. International Sculpture Garden - Overland Park
This trail in the Overland Park Arboretum is full of sculptures at every turn, which are great photo opportunities for anyone, young or old. It's also a short trail, only 0.4 miles of walking, if you don't stop to smell the flowers.
4. Ray Miller Trail - Wadsworth
This 0.8 mile trail in Miller Park is well-kept and perfect for feet of any size. You can even bring your bikes to change up the pace a little, or bring your dog on a leash.
5. Alcove Springs - Blue Rapids
Along this 0.5 mile trail is a little spring that sometimes trickles into a small waterfall, which is unique in of itself.
6. Cedar Ridge - Manhattan
There's just something about a little trail along a lake that's just so irresistible. It provides great scenery of the lake and wildflowers, plus only 0.6 miles of walking. This trail is also ADA accessible.
7. Waterfall Pond Trail - Milford
This little 0.6 mile trail is perfect for a quick walk into nature when you don't want to spend all day here. It's a little trail perfect for small feet, and well kept.
8. Post Oak - Independence
This self-guided trail is only 0.7 miles long, and starts at the dam before leading you around the native timbers. It's self-guided, but the trees and trail are easily marked. There's a wide variety of trees here, with some being over 200 years old.
9. Agave Ridge Trail - Ransom
You'll find all sorts of wildlife and plant species on this 0.8 mile paved trail, where you can explore the area around the lake and through the path.
10. Pawnee Rock Historic Site Trail - Pawnee Rock
This informative and historic trail is a great 0.4 mile hike for any sized person. It features plenty of wildflowers to look at while you're here. It's not so much a trail as it is a short loop, but you'll find that it's a great excuse to get out here anyways.
Where are your favorite spots for easy hiking in Kansas? Let us know below!