Equestrian Trails

This is a list of all the Equestrian Trails in the State of Kansas.

Trails

Boy Scout Troop 297 - Pottawatomie Lake No. 1 State Fishing Lake

  • Trail Season: Year Long
  • Length of Trail: 0.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: 39.46975 -96.41156
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  • Trail Season: Feb. 1st thru Oct. 31st
  • Length of Trail: 6 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321 W098 00.100
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    Two trails, which are referred to as the Prairie Trails, connect the Horsethief Canyon Trails to the Alum Creek Trails. These trails are easy to moderate in difficulty with one common water crossing, and a short cut. The Prairie Trails will take you to Red Rocks Canyon, a breathtaking Kansas Canyon lined with red sandstone.


Boulder Bluff Horse Trail - El Dorado State Park

  • Trail Season: Open Year Round
  • Length of Trail: 12 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 53.362 W96 48.555
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    Trail is a scenic stroll through the Flint Hills along the shoreline of El Dorado Lake. An equestrian campground is available in Boulder Bluff Area 1.


Exercise Trail - Elk City State Park

  • 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.


  • Trail Season: Feb. 1st thru Oct. 31st
  • Length of Trail: 8.30000019073486 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    These two trails form an 8.3 mile loop across pastures, through canyons, trees and along creeks. There are two minor water crossings. This portion of the trails is easy to moderate in difficulty. There are two short cuts which will make the distance of the loop 5.5 miles. Use caution when traveling this far from the trailheads; there is no short or easy way back once you get to the Alum Creek Trails.


First Day Hike - Clinton Calendar

  • Trail Season: North Shore Trails
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
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    Join us for our First Day Hike 2019, bring your family and friends! Pets are welcome as well, but please have them on a leash. This hike will be approximately 2 miles. Meet us at the Park Office at 1 pm!   

    Purchase your $5.00 daily vehicle permit at the Self Pay Station upon arrival. Complete the information on the front of the envelope and retain the attached perforated vehicle permit. Display it on the Lower Left Hand side of your windshield. (Those of you with a valid Park Passport will not be charged for a daily vehicle permit.)

    If you would like to purchase an Annual Vehicle Permit and can bring the self pay receipt back to us before January 14th we will put that $5.00 towards your $25.00 annual permit. This must be done at the Park Office ONLY! (Open 8-4 Monday - Friday)

    Name of Trail: North Shore trails
    Time of Event: 1 PM
    Partnering with Kansas AmeriCorps Outdoor Action Team
    Meeting Location: Clinton State Park Office
    Office open?: No
    Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
    Min Age for Children: 5 and up
    Any Restrictions: leashed pets permitted 
    Length of Hike in Miles:2 miles
    Things to bring: Water
    Cancellation Information: Clinton State Park Facebook page.
    Description of Hike: Leisurely hike through wooded terrain with possible winter wildlife viewings


Scooter trail - Eisenhower State Park

  • Trail Season: Year Round
  • Length of Trail: 1.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 30.990 W95 44.814
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    Ike’s Scooter Trail is the newest trail addition to Eisenhower! It is a scenic, one-way trail just over 1 mile long. It is perfect for those out for a morning stroll, or for someone looking for a safe place to ride their scooter. Motorized scooters, 50cc and under, are allowed on the trail, and it is open to everyone during hours when motorized scooters are NOT present. Motorized scooters ore only allowed on the trail from 10:00AM-6:00PM.

    Keep In Mind…

    • Carry plenty of water. There is NO water available on the trail.
    • Be courteous to others on the trail.
    • Carry out at least as much as you carry in.
    • Take your camera and snap the perfect photo!

North Shore Trail - Clinton State Park

  • Trail Season: all season
  • Length of Trail: 25 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: 38.936083 -95.35325
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    The North Shore Trails run along the north shore of the lake, from the Overlook Park (Corp of Engineer's daily use area.) through the Clinton State Park.  The trails in this 23 mile system are single track, dirt hiking and biking trails with mile markers.  Each trail is blazed with Blue, White or Red (Shoreline) and connector trails are blazed with two colors corresponding to the trails being connected.   The North Shore Trails pass through an oak and hickory forest as it follows the lake shore. 

    • The Blue trail is 7.9 miles and runs closer to the shoreline or easier access to shore.  It's a easier maneuverable trail.  
    • The White Trail is 12.8 miles and is mostly used for the mountain biker with more inclines and small obstacles to maneuver around.
    • The Red Trail is 1.2 miles for the very advanced mountain biker.   Just enough room for your bike tire and little else in many areas of this stretch of trail. 

Steve Mathes Nature Trail - Prairie Dog State Park

  • Trail Season: All-Year
  • Length of Trail: 1.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N39 48.504 W99 57.690
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    1.5 mile trail that gives you a great view of the lake and the prairie dogs can be seen at the trail head. There is a vault toilet located at the trail head at the south end of the trail in Meadowlark campground. The first 1000 feet of the nature trail starting at the Prairie Dog trail head is concrete.

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    Another view from the Nature Trail at Prairie Dog State Park

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    A view of the reservoir is one of the many things you can see from the Prairie Dog Nature Trail

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    Another view from the Prairie Dog Nature Trail


Table Mound Hiking Trail - Elk City State Park

  • 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.