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460 mi 741 km of trail 9 Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 168 Trails Intermediate Trails 75 Trails Hard Trails 6 Trails
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Gems in Southeastern Kansas - 3

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gem Favorite Great location to view ducks, geese and some hawks.

Chisholm Creek Park

(1) Bellaire, KS
gem Favorite I looked at maps from 1887, 1943 and 1956 for the area and this was a road to a homestead!!  I'm excited to get a pic of the homestead location now that I know about where it is!!

Pawnee Prairie Park

(1) Goddard, KS
gem Favorite This is the walk along the lake side, very peaceful area.

Harvey County West Park

(1) Halstead, KS

Hikes in Southeastern Kansas - 9

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Favorite U.S. Route 50 - Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Kansas
Easy

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

15.9 mi 25.7 km • Point to Point • 655 ft Ascent 199.57 m Ascent

(1) Cottonw…, KS
Favorite Running up the trail
Easy

Chaplin Nature Center

2.9 mi 4.6 km • Loop • 85 ft Ascent 25.76 m Ascent

(1) Arkansa…, KS
Favorite This bridge across the Cowskin Creek is the location of many family photos.
Intermediate

Swanson Park

3.7 mi 6.0 km • Out and Back • 61 ft Ascent 18.54 m Ascent

(1) Maize, KS
Favorite raised boardwalk over the wetlands area
Intermediate

Chisholm Creek Park Nature Trail Loop

3.4 mi 5.5 km • Loop • 69 ft Ascent 21.04 m Ascent

(1) Bellaire, KS
Favorite Just about into the wooded area, trail is pretty flat, but fun.
Easy

Knebler Pond Loop

5.0 mi 8.0 km • Loop • 142 ft Ascent 43.32 m Ascent

(1) Arkansa…, KS
Favorite Songbirds were going NUTS in this area. They were very vocal and chatty.
Intermediate

Cheney Lake Main Trail

10.0 mi 16.1 km • Out and Back • 185 ft Ascent 56.42 m Ascent

(1) Cheney, KS
Favorite Some of the hike is in the middle of a prairie grass field, a mix of big and little bluestem grasses.
Easy

North Chisholm Creek Park

2.6 mi 4.2 km • Loop • 31 ft Ascent 9.45 m Ascent

(1) Bellaire, KS
Favorite one of the things for kids to play on around this hike
Easy

Trail of Two Cities

8.2 mi 13.1 km • Loop • 52 ft Ascent 15.72 m Ascent

(1) Newton, KS
Favorite Linear Path
Easy

Lakeside Park and Centennial Lake Paths

5.6 mi 9.0 km • Loop • 42 ft Ascent 12.73 m Ascent

(1) McPherson, KS

Trails in Southeastern Kansas - 240

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14.2 mi 22.8 km #1Elk River Trail
Intermediate
Independence, KS
Intermediate
14.2 mi 22.8 km Independence, KS 10 
1.7 mi 2.8 km #2South Loop
Intermediate
Iola, KS
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Iola, KS
54.5 mi 87.6 km #3Prairie Spirit Trail
Easy
Iola, KS
Easy
54.5 mi 87.6 km Iola, KS
4.8 mi 7.8 km #4Santa Fe Lake - North Trail
Intermediate
Augusta, KS
Intermediate
4.8 mi 7.8 km Augusta, KS
2.2 mi 3.6 km #5Hoodoo Loop Trail
Intermediate
Winfield, KS
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Winfield, KS
1.9 mi 3.1 km #6River Bottom
Intermediate
Arkansas City, KS
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Arkansas City, KS
7.1 mi 11.5 km #7Southwind Rail Trail
Easy
Iola, KS
Easy
7.1 mi 11.5 km Iola, KS
1.6 mi 2.6 km #8Big Loop
Easy
Derby, KS
Easy
1.6 mi 2.6 km Derby, KS
0.6 mi 0.9 km #9Madison Central Park Path
Easy
Derby, KS
Easy
0.6 mi 0.9 km Derby, KS
0.5 mi 0.8 km #10Buttcrack Reroute
Difficult
Arkansas City, KS
Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Arkansas City, KS
4.2 mi 6.7 km #11Meadowlark Trail, South
Easy
McPherson, KS
Easy
4.2 mi 6.7 km McPherson, KS
1.0 mi 1.6 km #12Small Loop
Easy
Derby, KS
Easy
1.0 mi 1.6 km Derby, KS
0.5 mi 0.8 km #13Mountain Goats
Intermediate
Iola, KS
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Iola, KS
1.1 mi 1.8 km #14Mt. Lehigh
Intermediate
Iola, KS
Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Iola, KS
0.9 mi 1.5 km #15Dragoon Slayer
Difficult
Fort Scott, KS
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Fort Scott, KS
1.3 mi 2.1 km #16Creekside
Intermediate
Iola, KS
Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.1 km Iola, KS
1.6 mi 2.6 km #17Little Bighorn
Intermediate
Fort Scott, KS
Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.6 km Fort Scott, KS
0.9 mi 1.4 km #18Campus Woods Trail
Easy
Emporia, KS
Easy
0.9 mi 1.4 km Emporia, KS
1.4 mi 2.3 km #19Chautauqua Hills: Blue Loop
Intermediate
Yates Center, KS
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.3 km Yates Center, KS
0.3 mi 0.5 km #20North Trail - South Trail Connector
Intermediate
Augusta, KS
Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.5 km Augusta, KS

Photos of Southeastern Kansas - 389

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I looked at maps from 1887, 1943 and 1956 for the area and this was a road to a homestead!!  I'm excited to get a pic of the homestead location now that I know about where it is!!
Mar 3, 2020 near Goddard, KS
Scenic overlook
May 19, 2018 near Cottonw…, KS
This is a common location for people to do family pictures, etc.
Mar 2, 2020 near Goddard, KS
This trail used to be 5+ feet from the edge.
Mar 2, 2020 near Goddard, KS
This is another landmark section of the trail that has eroded extremely bad in the past year from flooding.
Mar 2, 2020 near Goddard, KS
This is a great area for birding and wildlife watching
Mar 2, 2020 near Goddard, KS
This section stays muddy for quite a while.
Mar 2, 2020 near Goddard, KS
Running up the trail
Dec 1, 2019 near Arkansa…, KS