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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.

Map of Equestrian Trails in Kansas

Photo of the Equestrian Trails in Kansas PublicationSeveral of these public areas include campgrounds – some with full hookups, some primitive. This information is also available in the new 3rd edition 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 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 Horse Trail

Holton, Jackson County
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Located one mile west of Holton on Highway 16 are 6.2 miles of dedi-cated horse trails. The trails wind around portions of the 535 acre lake through draws, forested areas and open meadows. Watering station and trailer parking provided. Banner Creek Reservoir has full RV camping areas along with primi-tive camping sites. Other amenities in the park include boat ramps, swim beach, hiking trails, full restroom and shower facilities, play-grounds and shelters. Coming soon, rental cabins! Maps of the horse trails and other park information available at
bannerreservoir.com. 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.   

Big Hill Lake

Labette County in SE Kansas
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This 17-mile trail surrounds three-fourths of the lake providing a variety of terrain for all ages. The trail winds along a scenic hard-wood 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.
3 Camps:
1. North Camp (Dennis) – Outhouse, open-sided shelter house, large open area for primitive camping, horse pens to be added. 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). Shelter house to be added.
3. East Camp (Timber Hill) – primitive camp area with outhouse and 10 horse ties. All trails closed during firearms deer season.
SE Labette County. US Army Corps of Engineers. For information go to: http://www.swt.usace. army.mil./ Click on Locations, Tulsa District Lakes, Kansas. 620-336-2741.
Camping also available at The Bridge Campground, 620-423-1798.

Cedar Bluff Lake

SW of Hays, Trego County
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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.

Cimarron National Grassland

Elkhart, Morton Co.
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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 rest-rooms. 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 are available at the Cottonwood Picnic Ground and the Cimarron Recreation Area. Horses not permitted within Rec Area or designated picnic grounds. Camping available at Cimarron Recreation Area. Campsites, water, vault toilets; corrals just north of Rec Area. Stock water occasionally available at windmills across the Grassland. Gates must be left as found. Only hay, grain, straw, pelletized feed, or mulch certified as noxious weed-free or noxious weed seed-free by a State Department of Agriculture or other authorized county official shall be used. Documentation of that certification shall be provided to the authorized officer. Contact info:
www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/cim., 620-697-4621. Maps available at US Forest Service District Office (available outside Office after hours).

Clinton Lake

Lawrence, Douglas Co. in NE Kansas
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Approximate 50-mile trail system along south shore of Clinton Lake. Official trailhead in Rockhaven Public Use Area. Trails open to both hikers and horseback riders; camping allowed only at Rockhaven in designated camping areas. Upper blue trails are rockier and have steeper hills. Middle trails (yellow) are generally more level with fewer rocks. Lower trails (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: 48 camp sites (18 with electric), hitching posts, 4-unit shower//toilet building, 52 corrals, and 5 water hydrants available throughout camp. New shelter house. Playground near shelter house under construction. Campground open Apr 1-Nov 30 (Reservation System, www.recreation.gov, applies to electric sites April 1–September 30). Day Use Parking with vault toilet open year around. Trails are maintained by Friends of Rockhaven Park, a volunteer group committed to keeping trails cleared of fallen trees and other obstructions. To report obstructions or to become a volunteer, contact Clinton Lake Manager’s Office at 785-843-7665 or Friends of Rockhaven Park on Facebook. US Army Corps of Engineers – New website, under construction, will include campground maps, general trail maps, individual trail maps, and a Clinton Lake brochure: http://nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/ClintonLake.aspx. The location of Rockhaven Horse Camp is within 20-30 minutes of both I-70 to the north and I-35 to the south. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Delbert & Diana Skinner for more information on riding and camping at Clinton:  dgskinner85@gmail.com or 785-748-0850.

Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake (Crooked Knee Trails)

Osage County
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Approximately 25 miles of trails on north side of lake. Trail system includes blue blazed trail with about 11 miles following 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 fol-low. Blue and yellow trails are mowed where accessible and are well marked. Crooked Knee trails contain scenic views, lake accessibility, several wooded trails, and some rocky areas but are fairly easy. 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. Shower/restroom just west of equestrian camp area. Primitive camping/day parking at Cowboy Camp includes horse ties, campfire rings, picnic tables, two water hydrants, two pipe corrals, and lake access. Paved parking lot at Crooked Knee Trailhead also for day use parking. Park Office 785-528-4102 or kdwpt.eisenhowersp@ks.gov. www.ksoutdoors.com. Eisenhower State Park is approximately 35 miles south of Topeka. The junction of Hwy 75/I-35 is less than 15 miles south. Contact KHC Trails Director Jim Thomas for more information on riding and camping at Eisenhower State Park: thomasjc68@gmail.com or 785-633-4761.

El Dorado Lake (Boulder Bluff Horse Trail)

SC Butler County, NE of Wichita just off I-35
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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 Camp-grounds. 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, which 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 kdwpt.eldoradosp@ks.gov or www.ksoutdoors.com. Contact KHC Regional Director Chris Kaegi-Stephens for more information on riding and camping at ElDorado: 316-461-9807.

Elk City Lake (Elk River Trail)

Montgomery Co.
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The Elk River Hiking Trail (located on the northwest side of Elk City Lake) is open for equestrian use with a special use permit. The 15-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. The Elk River Hiking Trail is marked with blue trail blazes and mile markers; portions of the blue trail are danger-ous and impassable for horses. An old orange trail bypasses these areas. (US Army Corps of Engineers and Kansas Wildlife and Parks.)
Call 620-336-2741 for more information.

Fort Leavenworth

Leavenworth Co.
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Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation is immediately north of Leavenworth in Leavenworth County and has an 18-plus-mile trail system within the 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. Trails traverse hilly upland areas to the west and the largest contiguous floodplain forest left along the Missouri River to the northeast. The hilly uplands are comprised of loess, a fine, wind-blown soil that is quick to get mud-dy 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. Trails are in various stages of repair. Gateway to the West in Leavenworth County. Healthy animal certification will be required to bring your horse on post: shot records, coggins test, etc. A pass will be required to enter post which entails a background check. Please check the Fort Leavenworth Garrison website for Visitor Control Center Information prior to arrival. For additional information, contact Neil Bass at 913-684-8979.

Harvey County East Park

Harvey County
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Located near Newton just off Hwy 50, 5 1/2 miles of trails.East Park. 5 1/2 miles of trails. Please observe ‘no horses allowed’ signs on the area of hard surface and walking trail and two bridges on Osage Trail. There are campgrounds at the trailhead with corrals, water, 50 amp electrical service, fire pits & covered picnic area. 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 a 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. Call 316-283-5420 for further information. Trail maps available. Additional riding trails at Harvey County West Park. See page 29. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Pat Jackson or Carol Buller for more information on riding Harvey County trails: Pat, 316-282-2616, or Carol, 316-204-2177, LCranchlife@gmail.com.

Harvey County West Park

Harvey County, located near Newton just off Hwy 50.
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West Park. 6 1/2 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 a 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 bicy-cles. 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 316-283-5420 for further information. Trail maps available. Additional riding trails at Harvey County East Park. Contact KHC Volunteer Trail Coordinators Pat Jackson or Carol Buller for more information on riding Harvey County trails: Pat, 316-282-2616 or Carol, 316-204-2177, LCranchlife@gmail.com

Hillsdale Lake (Saddle Ridge Horse Trails)

East central Kansas between Ottawa and Louisburg, near I-35 and Hwy 68, Miami Co.
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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 and 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, kdwpt.hillsdalesp.gov, www.ksoutdoors.com. 

Effective January 2019,  ReserveAmerica on line reservations are no longer available for Saddle Ridge Campground, Hillsdale Park, Paola, KS. The webpage will show the campground sites and information but reflect each as "reserved" or "not available". The change is to assist campers in distinguishing between equestrian specific, and non-equestrian camping sites.  To select and reserve a site:

a. Go online to ReserveAmerica Hillsdale to research site numbers and amenities:
b. Call any of the following three phone numbers to reserve the campsite: Saddle Ridge Campground Host Jan Kromer 816-509-4695;
Saddle Ridge Campground Office: 913-783-4595; Park Office Mon-Fri 8am - 4 pm 913-783-4507.

Approximately 15 minutes from I-35. Camping also available at S&S Stables, 913-856-5570, www.ssstables.com.  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.

HorseThief Reservoir

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HorseThief Reservoir, the newest park in Kansas, is located 9 miles west of Jetmore. Equestrians are welcome but are asked to call ahead so proper arrangements can be made. Camping is available for riders either in the main park or at the equestrian trailhead.  Livestock is not permitted in the main campground or trails on the north side of the lake, but horses can be kept at the corrals located at the equestrian trailhead 10 miles west of Jetmore on Hwy 156, then 1.5 miles south on 208 road.  Camping is allowed at the equestrian trailhead; no electricity is provided. A toilet is available in that area as well as potable    water. There are currently only 3 miles of equestrian trails, but there is room for expansion. The terrain is rolling with bluff outcroppings. Fees for riding are $5 per day per vehicle; camping is additional and a complete list of fees can be found on horsethiefres.com. 620-253-8464.

Johnson County Parks and Rec Riding Trails

Heritage Park, Shawnee Mission Park, and Kill Creek.
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Approximately 150 acres of open riding in area leased to Mid-America Combined Training Association (MACTA).  There is a course within 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.

Kanopolis Lake

located approx 30 mi sw of Salina near I-70 and I-135, Ellsworth Co.
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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 vast prairie vistas and water crossings. 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. NE Ellsworth County. 10 pads without facilities; 17 elec; 13 elec/water; wash bays; tie posts at each site; hydrants; shelter house (reservable); 26 pens (first-come/first serve, 10 covered/16 uncovered); modern shower house. More pens are being added as funds are available. Park Office 785-546-2565, kdwpt.kanopolissp@ks.gov, www.ksoutdoors.com. Campsites may be reserved through www.reserveamerica.com or www.kshuntfishcamp.com. Maps available from park office. Approximately 30 minutes from I-35 at Salina.  Contact Park Ranger Wendy Bowles for more information on riding and camping at Kanopolis: 785-546-2565, wendy.bowles@ksoutdoors.com.

LaCygne Lake

extreme east central Kansas south of Louisburg on Hwy 69, Linn County Park
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Approximately 30 miles of equestrian trails; heavily 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. $3 daily admission fee to Park; camping with admission, $9; yearly permit, $20. Park Office,  913-757-6633. www.linncountyks.com.

Melvern Lake

see Eisenhower State Park

Milford Lake

near Junction City and I-70,  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.  kdwpt.milfordsp@ks.gov; www.ksoutdoors.com. Approximately 15 minutes from I-70 at Junction City.

Perry Lake

Wild Horse Camp, Perry State Park.
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Campground includes 16 sites with water/electricity (8 pull thru and 8 back in) with a total of 40 pens. Shower house, modern bathroom nearby with hitching rails. Large primitive camping area. Water hydrant near Trailhead A with hitching rail. Additional hydrants near primitive camp area. A shower house and shelter house are being added to Wild Horse Camp.
Over 34 miles of trails traverse Corps of Engineers and Perry State Park property on west side of lake. Native oak and hickory wood-lands, hills, rocks, streams, open prairie. Trails originating from State Park are easy. Rocky Top, 10.5 miles, and Wild Horse, 6 miles. The new 1.5 mile Jackalope Trail surrounds Wild Horse Camp. Trails accessed from Thompsonville trailhead are more challenging. Both areas are managed by Perry State Park. 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. Take Hwy 24 to Thompsonville Rd, take first left turn; then right at next corner, and right to parking along roadside. Perry State Park, 785-246-3449, kdwpt.perrysp@ks.gov or www.ksoutdoors.com. Less than 20 minutes from Topeka.

Pomona Lake (Black Hawk Horse Trails)

South of Topeka and east of Hwy 75, Osage County.
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110 Mile Campground is being closed in 2018. The Black Hawk Trail begins on the NE side of Pomona Lake with the trailhead located near the 110 Mile Boat Ramp. The Black Hawk Trail passes through wooded, riparian and grassland areas and is approximately 21 miles in length. The blue trail generally follows the higher elevation government boundary line and the orange trail a lower elevation trail near the lake shoreline, which is more subject to the effects of flooding. Trails marked with white connect the trails and areas flagged with yellow indicate difficult areas of travel. The trail is marked with posts or stakes where it crosses meadows. Primitive equestrian campsites are located in Cedar Park and include 7 campsites, 6 corrals, fire rings and access to a privy type toilet. From Hwy 75 south of Topeka, go east on 189th to Croco Rd. Go south on Croco to Cedar Park. Cedar Park campers and trail users will need to bring water as this is a primitive campground and water is not present. Day parking is available near the Black Hawk trailhead located near the 110 Boat Ramp, the parking lot east of the Cedar Park equestrian camp sites, and near the intersection of 197th & Berryton Road (from Hwy 75, go east on 189th, south on Berryton Rd.) Find trail maps in the map box at the Black Hawk trailhead near 110 Mile Boat Ramp, at the Cedar Park kiosk/map box and at the Pomona Project   Office Information Center.  A map is also included on the Pomona Lake Brochure which may be picked up at the Pomona Project Office or printed from  a downloaded file from the following webpage link: www.nwk.usace.army.mil/locations/district-lakes/pomona-lake or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pomonalake1964. For more information, contact the  Pomona Project Office U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at: 785-453-2201.The privately owned Blackhawk Horse Camp LLC is located east of Cedar Park along the trail and offers campsites with electric and water hookups for rent.  More information is available at:  http://blackhawkhorsecamp.com/, 785-806-3121, or on Facebook.

John Redmond Reservoir (Hickory Creek Trail) 

Coffey Co.
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Hickory Creek Trail includes approx 15 miles of multi-use trails; variety of terrain includes woodlands, rocky creeks, open prairie, old roadways. Day use parking allowed at Redmond Cove trailhead and Hickory Creek East Recreation Area off of 17th Rd. Camping is available in Damsite Park in the Damsite North area.  This park offers campsites (water/elec.), showers, restrooms, boat ramps, day-use shelters and playground equipment. Horses cannot be tethered to trees, shelters, or other campground facilities.  Riders must clean up waste generated by horses (leftover hay, manure, etc.) prior to departure.  Hickory Creek Trail is closed during firearms season. Directions: 3 miles north of Burlington on Hwy 75. At south end of New Strawn, turn and go west approx ½ mile on Embankment Road SW.  Take sweeping curve to left and continue 1 mile. The entrance to Damsite Park is located just before you start across John Redmond Dam. Upon entering the park, take the first and second right turns to reach the Damsite North area. Located within 10 minutes of Hwy 75 and less than 15 minutes from I-35. US Army Corps of Engineers, 620-364-8613 or 620-364-8614.

Sand Hills State Park

Reno Co. 
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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. Camping is now available at Sand Hills State Park in the new campground. There are a total of 64 utility sites with 50-amp service; 44 sites have water, sewer, and electric utilities; 20 sites have water and electric. There are 14 pull-thru sites with double 12’ x 12’ horse pens. Please call 316-542-3664, kdwpt.cheneysp@ks.gov, www.ksoutdoors.com.

Historic Lake Scott State Park, Scott County

Scott County
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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. Historic Lake Scott State Park is located west of Hwy 83, between Oakley and Scott City on K95, Scott County. Park Office 620-872-2061. kdwpt.scottsp@ks.gov, www.ksoutdoors.com

Tuttle Creek Lake (Randolph & Carnahan Trails)

Randolph State Park, Riley/Pottawatomie Counties.
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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; kdwpt.tuttlecreeksp@ks.gov, ksoutdoors.com. 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.


Pawnee Prairie Park in SW Sedgwick County.
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Five-mile bridle trail as of 2017 with a parking area for horse trailers at the east entrance (2625 S. Tyler Road). Master Plan for park underway which may alter current trail configuration.  Visit  http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Park/Pages/PawneePrairie.aspx for any future revisions to park amenities. Located west of Airport and south of Kellogg. 316-268-4361. Northeast Sedgwick County Park Trails – Park consists of 600+ acres of grassland and some wooded areas; no defined trails, but there is a perimeter path around the property lines.Parking  for vehicles and stock trailers (at the intersection of 77th N & 127th E) only. There is a movement by the Board of County Commissioners to promote this park, and to develop it more, but details are still in the making.  No motorized vehicles, no bicycles, no camping. www.sedgwickcounty.org

Wyandotte County Lake

Kansas City, KS
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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. 913-573-8327. 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. Go left at park entrance sign, and follow to horse parking at trailhead. Picnic area with shelter house and restroom within walking distance of parking area.

Kansas Rail Trail

Flint Hills Nature Trail and Landon Trail
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The Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches 117 miles across east-central Kansas, from Osawatomie in the east to Herington in the west, and passes through communities including Rantoul, Ottawa, Pomona, Vassar, Osage City, Miller, Admire, Allen, Bushong, and Council Grove. The trail passes through five counties: Miami, Franklin, Osage, Lyon, and Morris. The trail crosses the beautiful Flint Hills, which represent one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world. It is home to abundant plant and wildlife species, spectacular views, national historic sites, and a diverse set of recreational areas. The eastern portions travel along the Marais Des Cygnes River, between rushing waters and towering bluffs, through rolling farmland and riparian woodlands. The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the seventh-longest rail-trail in America, and the longest trail in Kansas. It follows the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and forms a component of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. The Flint Hills Nature Trail is built on old railroad corridor developed in the late 1880s as the Council Grove, Osage City & Ottawa Railway. It later became the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which discontinued rail service in the 1980s. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy acquired and railbanked the corridor in 1995 and later transferred ownership to the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy. The KRTC had been developing the trail in sections, where volunteers have been available and where grant funding and donations have permitted the old corridor to be refurbished. In 2013, the Conservancy partnered with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism to accept a Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Grant to move ahead more quickly with development. This and subsequent grants have allowed significant progress. The trail is now open from Osawatomie to Council Grove, but some portions may be temporarily closed as renovation activities take place. There are places, mostly in towns, where equestrian use is prohibited. Also, a very active railway runs adjacent to the trail for several miles west of Ottawa. Equestrians might want to avoid this area or be prepared for train whistles and cars going by. Many places along the trail cross active county or state roads. Flint Hills Nature Trail—about 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington.   Parking available at Rantoul, Vassar, and Council Grove. Call 785-466-1417 for info on west half of trail, or 785-755-4129 for info on east half of trail.Camping is available at Salt Creek Ranch east of Lyndon, 785-215-2296 or 785-215-4708; at Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake, 785-528-4102; or Pomona State Park, 785-828-4933.The Landon Nature Trail is on nearly 40 miles of the former Missouri-Pacific Railroad linking Topeka’s Shunga Trail, southward, to Lomax Junction, and to the Flint Hills Nature Trail just east of Pomona Lake in Osage County. This historic rail corridor is being developed as a trail and wildlife area open to the public for non-motorized use. Visitors are invited to enjoy hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding, and experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Midwest. The 38-mile Landon Nature trail is a scenic recreational trail stretching from the Shunga Trail in Topeka to the Clinton Wildlife Area, Pomona Lake and on to the 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail near Quenemo. The trail will be the only recreational trail in America to link the Oregon National Historic Trail with the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. In the North, this trail follows Camp Creek with its clear, rushing   water and wooded oak-hickory covered hills which provide a shady canopy for trail users. The nature trail passes by two wetlands teeming with waterfowl, native tallgrass prairie blooming with wildflowers and two lovely waterfalls. Land surrounding the Swissvale Waterfall lies within the corridor and can be turned into a picnic area. The trail  crosses the Santa Fe Trail north of Overbrook. North of its southern terminus at Lomax lies a historic 240-feet-long steel truss bridge over 110 Mile Creek. Few trails in the Midwest offer the variety of scenery and history provided by the Landon Nature Trail. 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. 785-608-8221 for trail info.For more information or current maps showing open sections of trail,  www.kanzatrails.org. Follow on Facebook, Kanza Rail Trails Conservancy.



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.