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Five Favorite Places To Walk And Hike In Kansas City

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Five Favorite Places To Walk And Hike In Kansas City

 

Kansas City is not known far and wide for its trails, however locals can often point to a nearby trailhead that often surprises with its beauty, serenity and even length! The trails of Kansas City are extensive and run the whole spectrum, from beautiful new paved paths through the bluffs above the Missouri River, to outstanding single-track trails that weave their way through all parts of our city!

Whether you are looking for one of the many paved trails that connect so many parts of the city, or are looking explore secret and hidden parts of the city, there is a trail for everyone in KC, and here are a few of our favorites!

 

Hidden Gems In The River Town

In Parkville you will find English Landing park and the Parkville Nature sanctuary. English Landing has miles of wide, paved and gravel paths looping through beautiful 100-year-old cottonwoods, sports fields and prairies. Bordered on one side by the Missouri River and on the other by Parkville and its bluffs. It is a favorite among locals for taking the family on a stroll, or getting a beautiful run in.

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The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a relatively unknown feature of this small river town in the heart of KC. While not particularly stroller friendly, there is a wide trail that loops around beautiful waterfalls! Keep a lookout for deer among the trees on the single-track loop that climbs up into the hills behind Parkville University.

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A Hiking And Running Oasis

Wyandotte county park is a large and relatively undeveloped park, and nearly a hidden gem in Kansas City! Although the local trail running community holds regular group runs and races at the picturesque park. Mostly single-track trails weave in and out of the woods and around the lake in the middle of the park. It is also popular for spotting deer, eagles, and a lot of other wildlife!

 

A Historic Adventure

Smithville Lake, besides being a destination for boating and cookouts, also has miles of trails of all kinds that nearly encircle the entire reservoir! With plenty of paved and wide gravel trails, the access to beautiful parts of the park are open to all. For those looking for a more remote atmosphere, there are miles of single-track dirt trails that wrap along the shore line, and through the hedgerows of one-hundred-year-old farms. Smithville offers a wonderful adventure full of exploration and discovery! 

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A City Connection

 

The Blue River Parkway is a trail system on the south side of Kansas City that connects many parts of the city as it wraps along the Blue River. Like so many of the parks in Kansa City, there is a trail for everyone, and access for all! The Blue River cuts a beautiful swath through our city, and a hike along its banks will reveal many opportunities to explore further.

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Whether you love the idea of a paved path along one of the many rivers and creeks in the area, or favor a more challenging hike through the bluffs that criss-cross the city, Kansas City certainly does not disappoint when it comes to beautiful trails!

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