4 Favorite Nature Trails In Kansas City

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4 Favorite Nature Trails In Kansas City

With spring’s arrival in Kansas City, many of us are eager to get out and hit the trails! Whether you’re hiking, running, or biking, Kansas City has a wealth of beautiful nature trails to explore. Here are a few of our favorites!



William M. Klein Park (a.k.a Cave Spring Park)

Location: Raytown Area

Address: 8701 E. Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64133

Trails: 4 miles, unpaved (Adding one more mile this spring)

Dogs allowed?: Yes

The largest and longest standing privately run park in Jackson County, Cave Spring Park is open to the public 365 days a year. Enjoy 39 acres of nature park and historic sites. Stretch your legs on the park’s 4 miles of hiking trails, relax by the water garden, explore the cave, and spot some wildlife among the pond and habitats. Pack a lunch to enjoy under the Shelter House, or even a tent and camp out at the campgrounds!

Make sure to also stop by the Educational Center to learn about the area’s natural habitat and wildlife, as well as local history and trails.

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Wyandotte County Park

Location: Bonner Springs, KS

Trails: 8.9 Mile Loop (Hills, rocky, water crossings)

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Wyandotte County (“Wyco”) Park offers the perfect conditions for hikers and trail runners looking for a bit of a challenge. Park at Shelter #2, #10, or #14 for trail access, and explore sections of the trail at a time, or make a day of it and complete the whole 8.9 mile loop around Wyandotte County Lake!

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Parkville Nature Sanctuary

Location: Parkville

Trails: 2.2 mile loop, 5 trails.

Dogs Allowed?: No

The Nature Sanctuary of Parkville is a hidden gem of the Northland. Nestled next to the Park University Track, this 115 acres of gorgeous woods and natural area is not only a sanctuary for the wildlife found throughout, but also for those who come out to hike the trails.

Explore the park on any of its five separate trails. For a bit of a challenge, take the outside 2.2 mile loop and climb the hill to the top of White Tail Trail. Make sure to sit and enjoy the waterfall on the Old Kate Trail. And keep your eyes open for deer, turkey, and other wildlife!

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Blue River Parkway Trails (“Minor Park Trails”)

Location: South KCMO

Address: Lydia Ave, Kansas City, MO 64131

Trails: 15 miles, various terrain

Situated alongside of the Blue River, the Blue River Parkway Trails are a favorite among both hikers and mountain bikers. The 15 miles of trail offer a variety of terrains, rock features, and river views.

The trail system is sometimes referred to as the “Minor Park Trails”, because a main access point to the trails can be located in Minor Park.

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Before you hit the trails….

Before you hit the trails, be sure to check here for updated trail conditions. And always, if conditions are wet and muddy, tread carefully, or wait until trails dry to prevent trail damage.

Also, for a fun challenge in 2016, join the MO 100 Mile Challenge! Discover the beautiful trails of Kansas City, join up with family, friends, or another group taking on the challenge, and begin logging your 100 miles today!



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