Trails

Exercise Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.181 W095 46.614
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    This is an exercise trail in the Day Use area. It is 1/2 mile in length and has various exercise apparatus along the trail.


South Squaw Bike Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 2.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.072 W095 46.481
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    This is a paved trail through the South Squaw area of the State Park. It has views of the wildlife area, the south side of the lake and is available for walking or bike riding.


South Squaw Hiking Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 3.29999995231628 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.072 W095 46.481
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    This is a paved trail through the South Squaw area of the State Park. It has views of the wildlife area, the south side of the lake and is available for walking or bike riding.


Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 4 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Mt. Biking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 16.688 W095 46.808
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    This trail was designed with the beginner mountain biker in mind but also for the experienced mountain biker to excel on. On its path, which passes by large sycamore and oak trees, the trail has roller coaster dips, straight and winding climbs, down hills and log jumps with ride-around provided in most places for the less skilled riders. The trail begins along the Elk River just north of the reservoir outlet. The wooded portion of the trail soon gives way to a trek through ice age boulders that cover the hillside. Another segment of the trail winds through tall native grasses. Like all the trails at Elk City Lake, the scenery seen along Eagle Rock trail is phenomenal.


Post Oak Self-Guiding Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 16.609 W095 46.704
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    This 2/3-mile trail located on the top of table mound is a relatively easy hike. The trailhead is located at the scenic overlook near the dam. The old-growth forest setting that this trail winds through is indicative of the Cross Timbers region. A wide variety of tree species can be found here with many specimens being well over 200 years in age. A self-guiding brochure has been developed to coincide with this trail to be used as an interpretive aide for the user. This trail has been designated as a National Recreation Trail under the U.S Department of the Interior?s National Trail System.


Green Thumb Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.516 W095 46.736
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    This interpretive nature trail is a loop design with its trailhead located in the Timber Road Campground. Features of the trail include two wooden pedestrian footpaths, which are about 33-40 feet in length and interpretive signing informing hikers of the plants and animals native to this area. The trail is described as a moderately strenuous hike that is somewhat uphill. At the top of the hill, the surrounding trees frame a spectacular view of Elk City Lake.


Table Mound Hiking Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 2.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.509 W095 46.752
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    This linear trail has a trailhead at the Scenic Overlook near the dam and at Timber Road Campground, northwest of the State Park office. Due to this trails length, it is able to give witness to the hiker many different and picturesque scenes. If chosen to begin the trail at the Scenic Overlook, the trail runs north .2 mile atop edge of Table Mound along the edge of a 20-foot bluff. After dropping through a crack in a rock and going down to the foot of the bluff, it turns sharply south. For about the next .5 mile, the trail passes along vertical rock walls, boulder fields and cave-like formations. The trail then drops down through a ravine and crosses the county road. For the next 1.9 miles, the trail winds through forested hills and crosses three small creeks. The final segment is .15 mile and is along an old roadway. This particular trail is blazed with blue paint markings and is considered a moderately strenuous hike. This trail has been designated as a National Recreation trail under the U.S Department of the Interior?s National Trail System.


Elk City State Park Biking and Hiking Trails
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 12 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.582 W095 46.079
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    Located in the Cross Timbers region consisting mainly of ancient post and blackjack oaks, Elk City State Park boasts some of the best hiking trails in southeast Kansas. Currently, the state park operates Four foot trails totaling 8 miles and one mountain bike trail which is approximately 4 miles in length. Two other trails, the Elk River hiking trail and the Timber Ridge hiking trail are also located at Elk City Lake but are not located on state park property.