Kansas State Park First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes

The guided First Day Hike is part of a program sponsored by America’s State Parks. The First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on New Year’s Day at your State Park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome New Year with friends and family. There are hundreds of scheduled First Day Hikes across the United States. More information about the First Day Hike program and other hikes around the United States visit, http://naspd.org.

Clinton State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 1:00 P.M.

Trail: North Shores Trail

Meeting Location: Swim Beach Parking Lot

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail moderate in difficulty, 2 miles in length

Cancellation Information: Check Clinton State Park Facebook and Park Office, 785-842-8562

Contact: Clinton State Park office 785-842-8562 or Email Clinton State Park


Crawford State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 11:00 A.M.

Trail: Multiple Trails

Meeting Location: Beach Shelter

Registration: Register with Park Office, 620-362-3671, before January 1.

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail easy in difficulty, 1 to 1 1/2 miles in length

Restrictions: Pets leashed

Cancellation Information: Park Office, 620-362-3671

Contact: Crawford State Park office 620-362-3671 or Email Crawford State Park


Cross Timbers State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 2:00 P.M.

Trail: Ancient Tree Trail

Meeting Location: Trailhead in Toronto Point

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures. Hot Chocolate will be provided

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - on leash.

Cancellation Information: Check Cross Timbers State Park Facebook and Park Office, 620-637-2213

Contact: Cross Timbers State Park office 620-637-2213 or Email Cross Timbers State Park


El Dorado State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 1:00 P.M.

Trail: Walnut Ridge Trail

Meeting Location: Walnut River Cabins

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures.

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - on leash.

Cancellation Information: Check El Dorado State Park Facebook and Park Office, 316-321-7180

Contact: El Dorado State Park office 316-321-7180 or Email El Dorado State Park


Wilson State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 1:30 P.M.

Trail: Cedar Trail

Meeting Location: Trailhead

Details: Dress warm and bring a camera for wildlife pictures. Hike will be easy in difficulty

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - on leash. 

Cancellation Information: Check Wilson State Park Facebook and Park Office, 620-785-658-2465

Contact: Wilson State Park office 785-658-2465 or Email Wilson State Park


Fall River State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 2 P.M.

Trail: Post Oak Trail

Meeting Location: Trail head in Quarry Bay

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail moderate in difficulty, 0.5 miles in length, Hot chocolate provided, What you might see winter waterfowl, eagles, tallgrass ID, and other KS wildlife

Restrictions: Pets leashed

Cancellation Information: Check Fall River State Park Facebook and Park Office, 620-637-2213

Contact: Fall River State Park office 620-637-2213 or Email Fall River State Park


Green Property - Pratt, KS

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 2 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Trail: Green Recreational Trail

Meeting Location: Barn/Shop, Pratt, KS

Details: Water,snacks,appropriate winter clothing,good walking shoes/boots,binoculars,cameras. Hot Cider and Hot Chocolate after Hike

Restrictions: Pets - on leash

Contact: Pratt Operations Office - 620-672-5911


Prairie Dog State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 9:00 A.M.

Trail: Steve Mathes North Trail

Meeting Location: Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-877-2953 or Prairie Dog State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Hillsdale State Park office 785-877-2953 or Email Prairie Dog State Park


Kanopolis State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 9:00 A.M.

Trail: Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail - 2 miles

Meeting Location: State Park Office

Details: Water,snacks,appropriate winter clothing,good walking shoes/boots, binoculars, cameras. Coffee and hot chocolate provided at the park office before and after the hike

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - On Leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-546-2565

Contact: Kanopolis State Park office 785-546-2565 or Email Kanopolis State Park


Perry State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 9 A.M. 

Trail: Skyline/Mad Mile/Daisy Point

Meeting Location: Perry State Park Biking/Hiking Trailhead

Details: Dress in layers and dress warmly; warm gloves and head covering; good walking/hiking shoes; walking/hiking poles, if desired; water; snacks, if needed.

Restrictions: This is a mountain bike multi-use trail so the trail is dirt with tree roots and rocks on it. There are ravines. The entire trail is not wheelchair accessible. Leave no trace. What you pack in you pack out.

Cancellation Information: For cancellation information, participates can call (785) 207-2692.

Contact: Perry State Park office 785-246-3449 or Email Perry State Park


Pomona State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 12:30 P.M.

Trail: Multiple Areas

Meeting Location: Pomona State Park Office

Details: Appropriate Clothing, camera and water. May see Eagles on hike.

Restrictions: Pet Friendly - On leash

Cancellation Information: Pomona State Park Facebook page or Park Office, 785-828-4933

Contact: Pomona State Park office 785-828-4933 or Email Pomona State Park


Tuttle Creek State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 4:00 p.m.

Trail: Western Heritage

Meeting Location: Tuttle Creek State Park Office

Details: Birdwatching hike, bring binoculars,bird ID booklet, spotting scopes, water, hiking shoes, warm clothing. Snacks, water, hot chocolate and t-shirts provided.

Restrictions: Pets Friendly - On Leash

Cancellation Information: Contact Park office or Park's Facebook account

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park office 785-539-7941 or Email Tuttle Creek State Park


Cedar Bluff State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 9:00 A.M.

Trail: Agave Trail

Meeting Location: Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Moderate in difficulty.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-726-3212 or Cedar Bluff State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Cedar Bluff State Park office 785-726-3212 or Email Cedar Bluff State Park


Meade State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 2:00 P.M.

Trail: West Trail

Meeting Location: Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Easy in difficulty.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 620-369-2384 or Meade State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Meade State Park office 620-369-2384 or Email Meade State Park


Sand Hills State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: Dune Trail/Prairie Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash, Hot chocolate and smores over a camp fire after the hike is complete.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 620-665-6248 or Sand Hills State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Sand Hills State Park office 620-665-6248 or Email Sand Hills State Park


Eisenhower State Park

Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 10:00 A.M.

Trail: Archery/Bike Trail & Scooter Trail

Meeting Location: Archery/Bike Trail meet at Five Star; Scoot Trail meet at West Point

Details: Bow and arrows, weather appropriate clothing, good walking shoes/boots, water, camera. Archery/Bike Trail: Bring your bow and arrows for a targeting shooting hike. Limited youth bows will be available. This hike is rate moderate in difficulty. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided following the hike. Scooter Trail Hike: Bring your pets on leash and enjoy this easy 1 mile hike around the park. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided following the hike.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-528-4102 or Eisenhower State Park Facebook Page

Contact: Eisenhower State Park office 785-528-4102 or Email Eisenhower State Park


Prairie Spirt Trail
Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 2:00 p.m.

Trail: Prairie Spirit Trail

Meeting Location: Garnett Depot Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 785-448-2627 or Prairie Spirit Trail Facebook Page

Contact: Prairie Spirit Trail office 785-448-2627 or Email Prairie Spirit Trail


Flint Hills Nature Trail
Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: TBA

Trail: Flint Hills Nature Trail

Meeting Location: Ottawa Trail Head

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash. Easy in difficulty

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Trail Office, 785-448-2627 or Prairie Spirit Trail Facebook Page

Contact: Prairie Spirit Trail office 785-448-2627 or Email Prairie Spirit Trail


Hillsdale State Park
Date: January 1, 2017

Time of Event: 10:30 a.m.

Trail: Hidden Springs Nature Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Dress warm with comfortable, warm hiking shoes/boots. Pet friendly on leash. Hot chocolate and cider will be provided after the hike.

Restrictions: None

Cancellation Information: Contact Park Office, 913-783-4507 or KDWPT Website

Contact: Hillsdale State Park office 913-783-4507