When most people think of Kansas, their mind doesn’t automatically go to hikes or forests. We’re often thought of as flat treeless plain. But if you’re looking for a hiking or biking trail, we’ve got a great one for you, and it’s got plenty of woods! The Kansas River Trail is an eight-mile riverfront trail with spectacular, epic views at any time of year; plus, it leads to what might just be the best scenic overlook in Kansas! There’s very little elevation gain, so it makes for a fairly easy hike even if you are on foot.

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Curious about what to expect? Check out this short-n-sweet, quick bike-through of the trail:

Check out the website on Travel Kansas for more information!

Have you hiked or biked the Kansas River Trail? What did you think of this awesome scenic overlook in Kansas? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

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Scenic Overlook In Kansas

  1. Where is the best scenic overlook in Kansas?

Who says you can’t have scenic overlooks in a state like Kansas? Believe it or not, this state isn’t entirely flat – we've got plenty of wonderful overlooks around. Some of the best overlooks in Kansas include:  

  • Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook – This stunning spot overlooks some 40,000 acres of gorgeous lowlands and marshes.  
  • Schrumpf Hill Overlook – This is one of many awesome views along the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, and it’s literally everything that makes Kansas beautiful.  
  • Cimarron National Grassland Overlook – If you were to search for an overlook that is 100% Kansas, it’s this one: the grasslands are incredibly majestic.  

Learn more about each of these amazing overlooks in Kansas, plus a few more.   

  1. What are some of the best hiking trails in Kansas?

Want to go hiking? The Sunflower State has some of the most underrated and beautiful trails in the country – you just need to find them. Some of our favorite hiking trails in Kansas are:  

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – This preserve is home to three absolutely breathtaking hikes, all of which are worth a try.  
  • Horsethief Canyon Trail – This amazing trail is perfect if you’re a fan of great views (and we suspet you might be).  
  • Pond Trail – You'll find this trail at Sand Hills State Park, and like the other trails mentioned here, it’s nice and easy.  

Learn more about some of the best hiking trails in Kansas!   

  1. Where else can I go hiking in Kansas?

Of course, the list of awesome places for hiking in Kansas doesn’t begin or end with the ones listed above. There are SO many more – so much so that it’s impossible to list them all, but some additional amazing hikes in Kansas are ones like:  

  • Teter Nature Trail – This trail can be found at El Dorado State Park, and it’s not just a nice hike: it’s short and sweet, perfect for anyone strapped for time.  
  • Agave Ridge Loop – You'll find this trail in Ransom; it’s the quintessential Kansas hike.  

Learn more about even more of the best places to go hiking in Kansas.   

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