Kansas City September 12, 2017
7 Amazing State Parks Around Kansas City That Will Blow You Away
Looking for a break in your routine? Why not take a trip out to one of the nearby State Parks you know you’ve been missing out on? You can soak up some sun when the days are warmer, or enjoy a brisk hike when the air is cooler. Some of these state parks even offer horse trails for you and your equine companion. Let’s get out there! In no particular order, here’s the best state parks near Kansas City.
1. Hillsdale State Park
This Paola, KS park isn't anything to shake a stick at, especially during a sunset. This park also has plenty of hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as a lake for all your water-related activities.
2. Watkins Mill State Park
This State Historic Site and surrounding park holds the only 19th century textile mill in the United States that still has it's original machinery. The mill and home have been preserved well, and give visitors a look into life in the 1870s.
3. Weston Bend State Park
Catch gorgeous views of the Missouri River or take the three mile loop through the woods and enjoy the peace and quiet away from the city. Everyone needs a break at some point, right?
4. Perry State Park
This park in Ozawkie, KS features thousands of acres of wildlife area to hike through and enjoy the views overlooking the reservoir. There are's 25 miles of horse trails and 20 miles of biking/hiking trails for you to enjoy, so make sure you plan to spend all day here! Camping here is a special treat, as the wooded area makes you feel like you're much farther away from the city than you really are.
5. Lewis and Clark State Park
What is today Lewis and Clark lake, was once described by the pair in 1804 as a lake full of geese. Now there are plenty of picnic areas, and birdwatchers from all over come to see the geese, herons, and eagles flock to this spot.
6. Knob Noster State Park
Though it has a funny name, this Missouri park has some awesome trees that sometimes make it seem like you're in a fairy forest. It also features both hiking and horseback trails, so don't leave your horse at the door!
7. Jerry Smith Park
Okay, so you've caught me. This one isn't a state park, but it's gorgeous and it definitely fits the bill for a gorgeous park near Kansas City. There's no reason why it shouldn't be on this list!
Make sure you’re all fueled up for a hike by
trying one of these awesome dishes you can only get here in Kansas City. They’re so tasty!