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Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake Trails

  • 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. The Eisenhower – Melvern Lake Horse 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.





Crooked Knee Horse Trails


Crooked Knee Trails Map with Mileage –

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