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 again? The best 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 – and they’re better still in springtime. These easy and beautiful hikes will get you out there and in the spirit of the season. Let’s go!

What do you think? What would you call the best hikes in Kansas? Tell us about your picks in the comments!

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Address: Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St, Lawrence, KS 66046, USA
Address: Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center, 909 North, KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061, USA
Address: Jamestown (Kansas) Wildlife Area, Jamestown, KS 66948, USA
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Best Hikes In Kansas

April 15, 2022

What are some of the greatest kid-friendly hikes around Kansas?  

Kansas may not be the largest or most populous state, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get our hiking on. There are more than 300 trails rated as kid-friendly by our friends at AllTrails, and we love them all. Check out the Tomahawk Creek Trail, at Fox Hill Park. It’s a paved, 10.8-mile delight that kids of all ages will enjoy, and so will you! We also love Horse Thief Trail at Black Hoof Park, where the scenery is to die for, and the Lake Lenexa Trail at Black Hoof Park is another excellent kid-friendly hike in Kansas; it is 2.1 miles long and quite popular between March and November, so be sure to plan for some crowds (well, crowds by Kansas’s standards, anyway). Finally, last (but not least in any way), there’s the Chisholm Creek trail at Chisholm Creek Park, a 1.7-mile adventure through some truly beautiful hills and otherwise spellbinding views.  

What are some amazing scenic hikes in Kansas? 

Well, if you ask us, we say every hike in Kansas is a scenic hike in Kansas. Among our favorite scenic hikes of all time in the Sunflower State is awesome gems like Castle Rock Trail, which is easily one of the most scenic hikes in the state and features a 2.3-mile adventure through some unique geology and delightful history. We’re also big fans of the Flint Hills Nature Trail, which is part of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. With 117 miles of it weaving through Kansas, it’s an incredible adventure that showcases some of the most beautiful places in the state. The Elk River Trail is considered to be one of the most scenic hikes in Kansas; it’s 15 miles long point-to-point and has much to admire along the way, like a creek, babbling brooks, waterfalls, and more! Finally, the Chisholm Creek Trail is, as we mentioned above, a 1.7-mile adventure through some amazing scenery and features more than 160 species of birds who live on and nearby the trail.  

Address: Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St, Lawrence, KS 66046, USA
Address: Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center, 909 North, KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061, USA
Address: Jamestown (Kansas) Wildlife Area, Jamestown, KS 66948, USA