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Equestrian Trails in Kansas

Below is a listing of public Equestrian Trails in Kansas. Aerial maps of each trail are included. Be responsible trail stewards; clean up after yourselves and your horses in camping and parking areas.

Equestrian Trails in Kansas

Several of these public areas include campgrounds – some with full hookups, some primitive. This information is also available in the Equestrian Trails in Kansas guidebook that is available through the Kansas Horse Council for $3. Call 785-776-0662. Equestrian Trails in Kansas is also available at State Park offices or through Roy Frey Western and R Bar B in Topeka and Holton Ranch Supply, Edgerton.

 

Contact Kansas Horse Council Trails Director Jim Thomas for more information: thomasjc68@gmail.com or 785-633-4761. For more specific information on each trail, contact the KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinator listed. 

 

  • Banner Creek Reservoir - Holton, Jackson County – 9 miles of trail on north side of lake. (Expansion planned to double mileage.) Easy trails through rolling hills follow lakeshore. Primitive camp; no fees. From Holton, take Hwy 16 west to N Rd. Turn south and follow road as it curves to camp area. 785-364-4236 or bannercreekreservoir@yahoo.com.
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  • Big Hill Lake -  Labette County – This 17-mile trail surrounds three-fourths of the lake providing a variety of terrain for all ages. The trail winds along a scenic hardwood ridge that offers gorgeous views. It also offers tethering areas and three parking areas equipped with limited facilities that may be used for overnight camping by trail riders. Various species of wildlife can be seen. (US Army Corps of Engineers.) All trails closed during firearms deer season. 3 Camps:

1. North Camp  -  New outhouse, large open area for primitive camping. Water hydrant.
2. West Camp (Cherryvale)   -  Located 4 miles east of Cherryvale; outhouse, 2 water hydrants, 3 hitching posts, circle drive camp area (shower house 1/4 mile south).
3. East Camp (Timber Hill)  -  primitive camp area with outhouse and 10 horse ties.

Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinator Bill Racy for more information on Big Hill trails: 620-336-3376.
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  • Cedar Bluff Lake –  SW of Hays, Trego County – With advance planning, group rides are allowed by special permit. Many sites to see in and around Cedar Bluff area. Just north and west  of Bluffton area within wildlife area, lies Threshing Machine Canyon.  Canyon was a station site for the historical Butterfield Overland Trail during the mid-1800′s. For many years, the remains of the old threshing machine could be seen. To this day, names and dates of many travelers from this era are still engraved into limestone bluffs and boulders surrounding the area. (Area is a wildlife refuge and is closed from Sept 1-Mar 10.) Just west of Page Creek Area are cedar lined, 100-ft limestone bluffs, from which reservoir’s name was derived. Area provides excellent hiking and stunning views of reservoir surrounding mixed grass prairie and rolling hills of Smoky Hill River Valley. Contact park manager at 785-726-3212.
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  • Cimarron National Grassland –  Elkhart, Morton Co. -  The 19-mile Companion Trail parallels the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, and begins at Conestoga Trailhead and ends at Murphy Trailhead. Travel north of Elkhart on Hwy 27, cross Cimarron River Bridge and take first gravel road to the east (FS600). Go 7 miles east to County Road 16; continue east 3 miles, then north 2 miles to Conestoga Trailhead. Gravel parking lot accommodates passenger vehicles and stock trailers. Facilities include: unloading, potable water and stock tying facilities, mounting/dismounting facilities for persons with disabilities, and accessible restrooms. Identical facilities are located at the Murphy Trailhead (7 miles west of Hwy 27 on FS600).

The 10.5 mile Turkey Trail begins south of the Cimarron River Bridge at the far east end of the picnic area and ends 1 mile east of County Road 16. Travel north of Elkhart on Highway 27 to the Cottonwood Picnic Grounds (just south of the Cimarron River Bridge). Vehicles may be parked at the Picnic Grounds. Or pick up the Turkey Trail at the Cimarron Recreation Area, 7 miles north of Elkhart on Hwy 27, then 4 miles east on FS700 (South River Road).  Accessible restrooms and water are available at the Cottonwood Picnic Ground and the Cimarron Recreation Area. Camping available at Cimarron Recreation Area: campsites, water, vault toilets, corrals. Livestock not permitted within Rec Area or designated Picnic Grounds. Stock water occasionally available at windmills across the Grasslands. Gates must be left as found. Certified weed-free hay required. Contact info: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/cim. or 620-697-4621.
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  • Clinton Lake – Lawrence, Douglas Co. - Approximate 35-mile trail system which runs along south shore of Clinton Lake. Official trailhead in Rockhaven Public Use Area. Trails open to both hikers and horseback riders; camping is allowed only at Rockhaven in designated camping areas. Upper trails, marked with blue, are more rocky and have steeper hills. Middle trails, marked with yellow, are generally more level with fewer rocks. Lower trails, marked with orange, have least amount of rocks and varied terrain. West beyond Bradley Pass, 10-15 miles of trail cross onto land leased by Kansas Wildlife and Parks for hunting. This area is restricted to hunting during hunting seasons. Rockhaven Horse Camp, NE Douglas County. There are 48 camp sites (18 sites with electric hookups), hitching posts, 4-unit shower/flush toilet building, 27 corrals, and a water hydrant available at each end of camp. More water hydrants are being added. New shelter house. Campground open Apr 1-Nov 30. Day Use Parking with vault toilet open year around. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Keith & Sandy Gilliland or Delbert & Diana Skinner for more information on riding and camping at Clinton: skgilliland01@sunflower.com, 785-748-9862, or 785-331-7674; or dgskinner85@gmail.com or 785-748-0850.
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  • Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake (Crooked Knee Trails) - Osage County, approximately 40 miles south of Topeka. Approximately 20 miles of trails on north side of lake. Trail system includes blue blazed trail with about 11 miles that follow lakeshore or park boundary through some wooded areas and across a few wet weather creeks. Orange trail crosses three creek areas and circles center of park over some hills for about a 6-mile round trip. Yellow connector trails at north end and through woods. Orange trail is mowed and easy to follow. Blue and yellow trails are mowed where accessible and are well marked. The Crooked Knee trails contain scenic views, lake accessibility, several wooded trails, and some rocky areas but are fairly easy. The West Point Equestrian Camp includes 15 camping pads with water and electric hookups. Each campsite includes a designated pipe corral. Additional corrals are available for overflow or for those renting nearby cabins or yurts and may be reserved through the office. Water hydrants and washbay in corral area. New shower/restroom just west of equestrian camp area. Primitive camping/day parking at Cowboy Camp includes horse ties, campfire rings, picnic tables, and lake access. Paved parking lot at Crooked Knee Trailhead also for day use parking. Park Office 785-528-4102 or eisenhowersp@ksoutdoors.com. www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks. Contact KHC Trails Director Jim Thomas for more information on riding and camping at Eisenhower State Park: thomasjc68@gmail.com or 785-633-4761.
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  • El Dorado Lake (Boulder Bluff Horse Trail) - SC Butler County -  The equestrian camping facility is located in the Boulder Bluff Area of El Dorado State Park just north and east of the city of El Dorado.  Boulder Bluff #2 camping area has 19 sites with 50 amp electric and water hookups. Water is available at 2 non-utility sites. Each of these sites provides individual 20’x20’ pipe corrals. There is a shower building, pit toilets, water hydrants, poles for cross tying or picket lines, tables and charcoal grills. A wash bay and manure bunker are also provided. A welded pipe fence arena is available for working your horses. The arena may be rented for group horse events. A shelter house may also be rented. There are 20 miles of equestrian riding trails through native prairie grasslands that surround the lake. Wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail, prairie chicken, squirrel, rabbit, dove, and a wide assortment of waterfowl may be visible. There are several trailheads that leave from the west end of both Boulder Bluff Area Campgrounds. Horses are not allowed to be tied to trees in the Boulder Bluff areas. Swimming horses in the lake is allowed. Boulder Bluff 1 offers primitive camping, pits toilets, tables, grills and horse tie-ups. The best way to enter the park is to travel north out of El Dorado on Hwy 77 approximately 3 miles and turn right on Meyers Road.  Myers Road is just south of Kansas Turnpike Exit 76 for Hwy 77 (North El Dorado Exit).  Follow the winding Meyers Road until it ends at the lake. Turn north and enter the Boulder Bluff Area. For more information call 316-321-7180 or e-mail eldoradosp@ksoutdoors.com. www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks. Contact KHC Regional Director Chris Kaegi-Stephens for more information on riding and camping at ElDorado: 316-461-9807 or ckaegi@sheplers.com.
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  • Elk City Lake (Elk River Trail) - Montgomery Co. -  The Elk River Hiking Trail (located on the northwest side of Elk City Lake) is open twice a year for equestrian use with a special use permit. Check KHC website for spring and fall ride dates. The  fifteen-mile point-to-point trail can be accessed from two main trailheads. Northeastern trailhead is located below west end of dam across from Fish & Wildlife Office. Southwestern trailhead can be reached from Highway 160 south of Elk City. There are also several gravel roads intersecting the trail which can be accessed from County Roads north of the lake. Elk River Hiking Trail offers panoramic views from tops of many limestone bluffs on northwestern shores of Elk City Lake. Trail crosses several small streams and ravines and winds through narrow canyons and under rock overhangs. Trail has blue trail blazes and mile markers.  (US Army Corps of Engineers and Kansas Wildlife and Parks.) Call 620-336-2741 for more information. Contact KHC Trails Director Jim Thomas for more information on scheduled rides at Elk City Lake: thomasjc68@gmail.com or 785-633-4761.
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  • Fort Leavenworth - Leavenworth Co. – Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation is immediately north of Leavenworth in Leavenworth County. Eighteen-plus-mile trail system, within confines of Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation. Three trail routes, all designated as National Recreation Trails, have been designed to encompass a variety of historical and natural features found on this 180-year-old base. Hilly upland areas to the west and the floodplain along the Missouri River. Hilly uplands that cover much of the military reservation are largely comprised of loess, a fine, wind-blown soil that is quick to get muddy in wet weather. Older roads, where vehicle use has caused ruts and erosion, are being stabilized by vegetation. Be aware of these conditions and avoid areas prone to   erosion during wet weather. Additional riding includes two areas outside the levees and several hundred acres inside the levee. Gateway to the West in Leavenworth County. Prior notification  required. Contact MP at 913-684-2111, and provide your vehicle identification with trail usage time. Primitive camping by reservation located east of Fort by Airport and River. Permission required. For additional information, contact Matthew Nowak at 913-684-8979. No map available.

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  • Harvey County East Park  5 1/2 miles of trails. Please observe ‘no horses allowed’ signs on the area of hard surface and walking trail and one bridge on Osage Trail. Water hydrant near trailhead. Future plans are for horse campgrounds near trailhead. Currently, day riding only. Pay fees at trailhead. Trails may be closed during hunting season. Trails are mowed and easy to ride, marked with colored t-posts. No shoes necessary; great trails for conditioning or training young horse. Open flat areas, gentle slopes, bridges, by streams and a lake, in and out of shade. Trails are multi-use for horses, hikers, and bicycles. No motorized vehicles. Ample parking for large rigs and room to safely tie your horses. Please obtain daily use or seasonal permit before riding. From Newton exit 31 on I-135 (First Street) go east; from intersection of First and Spencer go 6 miles east, turn left (north) on Eastlake Road, go 1 1/2 miles. Horse sign with arrow will point left. A long drive on left will bring you to Circle H trailhead.  Additional riding trails at Harvey County West Park. See Page 31. Call 316-283-5420 to get trail status or further information. Trail maps available from park office. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Pat Jackson or Carol Buller for more information on riding Harvey County trails: Pat, 316-282-2616, sugarcandy@earthlink.net; or Carol, 316-204-2177, LCranchlife@gmail.com
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  • Harvey County West Park -  5.1 miles of trails. North trailhead is at Walnut Grove campground just off NW 36th Street. Day use or overnight camping permitted. Water available and group electric boxes. Bring a long, extra heavy duty extension cord to reach the box. Primitive camping also available. Tie horse to trailer, picket, or bring portable pen. South trailhead is on NW 24th Street just west of bridge and is for day riding only with room for parking on road. Pay fees at bait shop or Walnut Grove campground. Trails are closed during deer rifle season. No shoes necessary; great trails for conditioning or training young horse. Open flat areas, gentle slopes, bridges, by streams and a lake, in and out of shade. Trails are multi-use for horses, hikers, and bicycles. No motorized vehicles. Ample parking for large rigs and room to safely tie your horses. Please obtain daily use or seasonal permit before riding. From Newton at I-135, take exit 30 and US 50 west. Go 13 miles west on US 50 to Halstead Rd.; turn north (right) and go 4 miles to NW 36th Street. Turn west (left) and go 3 miles; just before bridge is the Walnut Grove camping entrance, turn south (left) and camp area sign will be on right. Call 316-835-3189 for further information. Trail maps available. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Pat Jackson or Carol Buller for more information on riding Harvey County trails: Pat, 316-282-2616, sugarcandy@earthlink.net; or Carol, 316-204-2177, LCranchlife@gmail.com 
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  • Hillsdale Lake (Saddle Ridge Horse Trails) -  Miami Co. – Marysville equestrian area on east side of reservoir has 32+ miles of marked and unmarked trails available to horseback riders. Trails start on state-managed property and extend through Corps property. Outside of this area, riding is allowed only on maintained roads, bridle paths and parking areas. Livestock not allowed in developed picnic, camp, or beach areas. Saddle Ridge Campground offers shelter house with grill and picnic tables, vault toilet, 21 campsites with water & electricity (2 with pipe corrals/all with tie poles), 12 sites with pipe corrals and water hookups, 2 wash bays, new 4-shower bath house, 3 manure pits. Primitive area also available to park trailers and camp overnight with 3 pipe corrals. Campground located on east side of lake on 253rd Street directly west of Rural Water District No.2 treatment plant. Hillsdale State Park, NE Miami County. Park Office 913-783-4507 or hillsdalesp@ ksoutdoors.com. www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks. Contact the Trails Coordinator for more information on riding and camping at Hillsdale: Mark Nepote, Hillsdale State Park Ranger, 913-783-4507, mark.nepote@ksoutdoors.com.
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  • Johnson County Parks and Rec Riding Trails -  Heritage Park. Approximately 150 acres of riding in area leased to Mid-America Combined Training Association (MACTA). There is a course within the MACTA area with approximately 4.72 miles of trail open to public when not in use for MACTA event. at no time are jumps on MACTA course open to general public. Day use parking only, no fees. Kill Creek. Almost 5 miles of trails, day use parking only, no fees.  Closed during wet weather. Shawnee Mission Park. A 1,250 acre park located at 79th and Renner Rd, Shawnee. Largest park in Johnson County with 120 acre lake. 8.3 miles of trails with parking at North Walnut Grove or at Archery Range. No camping available; no fees or permits required. 913-438-7275 or www.jcprd.com/parks_facilities/map_shawnee_mission.cfm.

Maps available for all Johnson County parks at Shawnee Mission Park Office, 7900 Renner Rd., Shawnee, KS 66219. For more information or maps, contact Johnson County Parks and Recreation District 913-888-4713 or 913-894-3340; or go to www.jcprd.com. Call 913-312-8833 for current trail conditions.
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  • Kanopolis Lake -  Ellsworth Co. – Camping equestrians use Rockin’ K Campground (Trailhead A).  Equestrians visiting for day, use Horsethief Canyon (Trailhead B). Kanopolis offers 27+ miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Trails loop through canyons, trees, high prairie, and the breathtaking sandstone Red Rock Canyon. Northern loops encompass Alum Creek trails with views of vast prairie and many water  crossings. Extensive trail system could take more than a day to travel. However, no camping along trails. Check with park office for more information on trail rules and conditions. All trails start in Kanopolis State Park. Stay on designated trails; do not trespass onto private land. Prairie trails and Alum Creek trails in Smoky Hill Wildlife Area are closed to horseback riding and mountain bikes from Nov 1-Jan 31 (hunting season). Trails inside park (including Rockin’ K trails, Horsethief Trails, and Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail) are open year-round. Portions of trails may be closed during high water; low  water crossings can become hazardous or impassable at times. State Park in NE Ellsworth County. Ten pads without facilities; 17 electric sites, 13 electric/water sites, 4 adjoining 20×20 pens, 3 wash bays, tie posts at each site, water at corrals, group shelter house with water (reservable), 10 15×20 corrals, modern shower house. Park Office 785-546-2565 or kanopolissp@ksoutdoors.com. Campsites may be reserved through www.reserveamerica.com. Maps available from park office. www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks. Contact Park Ranger Wendy Bowles for more information on riding and camping at Kanopolis: 785-546-2565, wendy.bowles@ksoutdoors.com.
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  • LaCygne Lake – Linn County Park -  Approximately 30 miles of equestrian trails; wooded areas, lakeshore, creek crossings in SE Linn County. Primitive camp area on large circle drive with 11 hitching posts and pit toilet. Horses may be watered at lake. From junction of Hwy 69 and 152, ¼ mi. east, then 1 ½ mi. north to park entrance. From park entrance, proceed south to horse camp area. Trail maps available at marina. $2 daily admission fee to Park. Camping with admission, $9. Park Office,  913-757-6633. www.linncountyks.com. Click here to view aerial map.

 

  • Melvern Lake – see Eisenhower State Park

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  • Milford Lake -  Riley Co. – Eagle Ridge Equestrian Trail, Milford State Park, located on southeast end of Milford Lake. Approximately 10 miles of horseback riding on some of the most scenic and diverse areas that Milford Lake has to offer. Campground offers 21 full hookup sites, bathroom, hitching posts, 5 covered corrals, wash bay. Old River Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile trail joining Milford State Park’s Eagle Ridge Trail with Junction City’s Riverwalk Trail (along Republican River to Ft. Riley), a one-way trail 8 miles long. From Junction City, take Hwy 57 northwest to lake. Follow paved road across dam, turn left at State Park entrance and follow road to camp.  785-238-3014.  milfordsp@ksoutdoors.com. www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks.
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  • Perry Lake - Jefferson County, north of Topeka. Wild Horse Camp, Perry State Park. Campground includes 8 pull-through sites with water/electricity. More sites to be added. Shower house, modern bathroom nearby with hitching rails. Large primitive camping area available. Water hydrant at trailhead with hitching rail. Over 34 miles of trails traverse Corps of Engineers and Perry State Park property on west side of lake. Native oak and hickory woodlands, hills, rocks, streams, open prairie. Trails originating from State Park are easy. Rocky Top, 10.5 miles, and Wild Horse, 6 miles.

Trails accessed from Thompsonville trailhead are more challenging. Thompsonville is located at west end of dam on Corps land with day use parking at trailhead. No permits or fees required. Covered shelter house with picnic table and restroom close by. Hickory Acres, 7 miles, and Thompsonville, 10.5 miles.

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  • Pomona Lake (Black Hawk Horse Trails) - Osage County.  Black Hawk Trail begins in 110-Mile Park on northeast side of Pomona Lake, NE Osage County. Primitive group campground with 7 campsites, horse ties, water hydrant, six pipe corrals, fire rings, pit  toilets. Black Hawk Trail (21 miles) passes through variety of wooded, riparian and grassland areas. Blue trail follows Government boundary line; orange trail follows shoreline. Trails marked with white connect the two trails. Trail is marked with stakes where it crosses meadows. Yellow markers indicate difficult areas where caution should be used. Day parking available near boat ramp in Cedar Park and near intersection of 197th & Berryton Road. Pomona Corps of Engineers, 785-453-2201, www.nwk.usace.army. mil/, go to Locations, District Lakes. Email: Pomona@usace.army.mil. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Ken & Susan Johnson for more information on riding and camping at Pomona: 785-806-3121, blackhawkhorsecamp@yahoo.com.
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  • John Redmond Reservoir (Hickory Creek Trail) - Coffey Co., 3 miles north of Burlington on Hwy. 75. At south end of New Strawn, turn and go west for approx. 1/2 mile on Embankment Road SW; take sweeping curve to the left and continue 1 mile. The entrance to Damsite parking is located just before you start across John Redmond Dam. Upon entering the park, take an immediate right and then another right to reach the Pin Oak and Damsite North areas.

Hickory Creek Trail includes approximately 15 miles of multi-use trails with a variety of terrain – woodlands, rocky creeks, open prairie, old roads.  Horses cannot be tethered to trees, shelters, or other campground facilities. Primitive campground includes outhouses, water hydrant, tie poles, picnic tables. Riders must clean up waste generated by horses (manure, hay, etc.) prior to departure. Horse trailers are allowed to be parked off established campsite pads in Pin Oak area only. Trail closed during firearms season. Plans are to increase trail length to 30 miles and open campground with utilities if enough interest. Corps of Engineers project, 620-364-8613 or 620-364-8614. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Dave Poire & Rita Thornton for more information on riding and camping at John Redmond: saveahorse.thornton@gmail.com, 785-733-2818. John Redmond Trails are OPEN!
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  • Sand Hills State Park –  Reno Co. – North of Hutchinson on Hwy 61; east on 56th or 69th to trailheads. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails, 6 trailheads. Vault toilet available at one trailhead, one along trail. Ponds and creeks along trails for water. Off trail riding is allowed; absolutely no riding on dunes. New campground open September 2014 with hookups, shower house, and 15 12×24′ corrals for horses. Reserve campsites at www.reserveamerica.com.  Please call 316-542-3664 or cheneysp@ksoutdoors.com. www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks.
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  • Lake Scott State Park - Scott Co. -  Multitude of trails designed to accommodate hikers, naturalists, and horseback riders. Wild turkeys, deer, beavers, and bobcats can be seen. Buffalo can be seen near the park, where herds once roamed freely. Approximately 8.5 miles for equestrian use. Groves of hackberry, ash, elm, willow, walnut, and cedar trees complement the banks of Lake Scott. Park is oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, craggy bluffs, 100-acre lake. Primitive horse camp area includes watering facility, hitching post. Lake Scott State Park is located west of Hwy 83, between Oakley and Scott City on K95, Scott County. Park Office 620-872-2061. scottsp@ksoutdoors.com or  www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks.
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  • Tuttle Creek Lake (Randolph & Carnahan Trails) - Riley/Pottawatomie Counties – Randolph State Park: Almost 15 miles multi-use trail with 2 trailheads. Well marked trails through wooded areas. Modern camp split into two riding units north and south of Hwy 16. Toilet, showers, potable water throughout camp, dump station, 20 electric hookup and water sites. Four full hookup sites available, Randolph #208-211.  Camp host in the campground. From Manhattan, take Hwy 24 north to Hwy 77, which goes north to Hwy 16; follow east across bridge, right to Randolph State Park. 785-539-7941; www.tuttlecreeksp@ksoutdoors.com; www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, click on State Parks. Reservations for Randolph Campground can be made through www.reserveamerica.com. Carnahan Park: Corps of Engineers 5-mile loop trail or 12-mile linear trail to Garrison Lake access road. Trails are rocky and more challenging; can be hard to follow. Trails subject to high water/mud during wet weather. Nice views of lake. Primitive overnight camping. Vault toilet, small shelter house. Future plans will connect Randolph State Park trails with Carnahan Creek trails. From Manhattan, cross Tuttle Creek Dam on Hwy 13; turn left on Carnahan Rd. and continue to Park Road; turn left on Park Road. Sign at corner reads “Carnahan Rec Area”; follow Park Road a little further to Rec Area sign. Maintained by Pottawatomie County, 785-457-2888.  Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinator Olivia Huddleston for more information on riding and camping the Tuttle Creek trails: 785-382-6886, riverrat@bluevalley.net.
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  • WichitaPawnee Prairie Park in SW Sedgwick County – Five-mile bridle trail. Located west of Airport and south of Kellogg. 316-268-4361. Wichita Wild Habitat Area.  wichitagov.org/cityoffices/parks. Contact KHC Regional Director Chris Kaegi-Stephens for more information on the Pawnee Prairie Park trail: 316-461-9807 or ckaegi@sheplers.com.
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  • Wyandotte County Lake - Kansas City, KS -  Eight miles of trail around 300 acre lake through oak and hickory forest. Ozark-like setting on northwest edge of Kansas City, wooded and hilly, some short steep climbs. Day parking; no camping. 913-596-7085. From I-435, take Woodlands Racetrack (Leavenworth Rd.) exit; go east on Leavenworth Rd. past the first 4-way stop sign, which is main park entrance at 91st. Continue to 83rd, and turn north into park. At ‘Y’ in road, follow left to horse parking at trailhead. Picnic area with shelter house and restroom within walking distance of parking area. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Dave & Suzie Guardado, 913-683-4430, dguardado@wildblue.net or Sherry McLean, 913-481-4435, SherryMcLean@SpecTACKular.com.  Check out the Wyandotte County Lake Bridle Trails Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1410472527533221)
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  • Kansas Rail Trail -  The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy has built or is building and maintaining the following trails which are open to equestrian use. Flint Hills Nature Trail—about 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington. Parking available at Rantoul, Vassar, and Council Grove. Landon Nature Trail— about 38 miles between Topeka and Lomax (south of Pomona Lake).  Parking area on 53rd Street, between Hwy 75 and SE Adams Street in Topeka.
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OVER 300 MILES OF KANSAS EQUESTRIAN TRAILS TO RIDE & ENJOY!

Is there a public equestrian trail in Kansas that you ride frequently? Contact KHC Trails Director Jim Thomas about becoming a Kansas Horse Council Volunteer Trail Coordinator: thomasjc68@gmail.com or 785-633-4761.