Kansas March 27, 2018
9 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Kansas Will Love
What is more energizing than a walk through nature as spring works its magic and turns everything green? These shorter hikes in Kansas are easy to traverse and the perfect length to get you out of the house for a while without making you hike across the state. These easy and beautiful hikes will get you out there and in the spirit of the season. Let’s go!
1. Hidden Springs Trail - Hillsdale State Park - Paola
This 1.6 mile loop trail takes you through a spring forest with rock outcroppings, a lakeside view, and plenty of space to explore. It's the perfect length for a short hike, and it's also equine-friendly for most of the trail features.
2. Mt. Lehigh - Lehigh Portland Trails - Bassett
This 1.1 mile loop is at the highest area of the park, which is how it earned its nickname of Mt. Lehigh. Among the rock outcroppings, it's not uncommon to see stacks of them adorning the path as you explore this quick hike through the woods. If you pop in during the right time, you can even see the wildflowers that grow along the trail naturally.
3. Rocky Pond Trail - Rocky Pond Recreational Area - Belleville
The Rocky Pond Trail is a little longer, at 2.2 miles, but it's still a loop, making it easier than going back the way you came. Some of the features you'll find here are the wildflowers, grasses, and wildlife. It's a great place to bring your dog (on a leash) or mountain bike your way through if you're not a hiker.
4. North Camp Loop Trail - Banner Creek Reservoir - Holton
This 2 mile loop is the perfect size for any style hiker, with multiple bridges, wildflowers, and a lake. Feel free to bring your leashed dog for the trip, as well. There's also another trail here that runs 13-15 miles around the lake, if you're an experienced hiker that wants something a little longer than 2 miles.
5. Rock Town Trail - Wilson State Park - Lucas
One of my favorites, this 2.5 mile loop near Wilson Lake is the perfect getaway for those Kansans that love rock formations. There just happens to be quite a few of them at the lake and on this trail. Of course, enjoy the lake too, while you're here!
6. Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trail - Reynolds Nature Preserve - Hays
This 1.4 mile loop trail is a little less demanding for those of us who don't hike often, and it's also home to some beautiful wildflowers once they start blooming. It's a great place to bring the family for a picnic, as long as you take all your trash with you.
7. Prairie Center Nature Reserve Trail - Prairie Center Park - Olathe
Prairie is the perfect word to describe this 2.4 mile loop through beautiful grasses and plenty of open skies. This trail also features a small lake, and is perfect for people who'd like open air as well as wooded trail areas.
8. Bittersweet Trail - Ernie Miller Nature Park - Olathe
Though this trail is the shortest on our list at 0.4 miles, that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful every spring. It's a great trail for a short hike, and still worth the trip if you don't live near Olathe. Maybe you can explore something nearby that's on your bucket list?
9. Jamestown Marsh Lookout Point - Jamestown Wildlife Area - Norway
Last but not least, this trail overlooking a beautiful wildlife area is only 0.8 miles long. It's full of wildlife, very kid friendly, and gives you an amazing view of Kansas nature at its finest.
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