Information on hiking trails around the Kansas City area. Updated 6-14-12. I don’t live there anymore so this probably won’t be updated.
Shawnee Mission Park
Park map. The South Shore Trail on the south side of the lake between shelters 8 & 10 runs through the off-leash area and is more straightforward there than the map suggests. The mountain bike trails are the main attraction.
Kill Creek Park
Park map. A combination of hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails.
Wyandotte County Lake
Park Map and new and still-under-construction hiking trails
An old equestrian trail runs about 8 miles around the property and there are some newer hiking trails in at least 3 areas that connect to it, providing a hike of up to 10 miles. Many parts of this trail stay wet and muddy for a long time after a rain. Much of the trail is poorly routed (straight up and down hills for example) with subsequent massive erosion.
Blue and Gray Park
An 1800 acre park near Lone Jack. Probably the closest to wilderness you’ll find in the metro area. Intriguing. Lots of equestrian trails going everywhere but none are publicly mapped. PTOC has an orienteering map showing trails and other features.
Blue River Park
Trail map. A network of mountain bike trails running parallel to the Blue River from about Minor Park south to almost 139th street. Will eventually connect to the Swope Park trails.
Burr Oak Woods Conservation/Nature Center
Park map. Trails are short and covered with gravel but usable when many others are too wet.
James A . Reed Wildlife Area
Park map. A nice little 3 mile hiking trail in SE corner of the area. Most of the other trails go through open fields or along their edge.
Trail map. About 20 miles of trails. Something for everyone. One of my favorites. There are more trails south of Argo Road for hikers and horses but they’re unmapped and unmarked.
Area map. A 3.5 mile equestrian trail.
No decent publicly available trail maps. PTOC has an orienteering map showing trails and other features.
River Bluff Nature Preserve
Trail map. Mountain bike trails winding along the front and top of a rock ledge. Very cool.
Hidden Valley Natural Area
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary
Old trail map. Some natural surface trails – rather short but kind of interesting. Spend some money in the visitor center/gift shop.
Mountain bike trails. Not as interesting as Landahl.
Equestrian trails. About 25 miles. There’s some good hiking here. The trails are well marked and in pretty good condition. The lettered reference points are places where the orange and white trails meet and there is often a marked post at those locations. The best areas are between C-H and Q-Y.
Stocksdale & Walnut Woods
Mountain bike trail map. Winds round and round through the woods without going very far.
Parkville Nature Sanctuary
Trail map. Trails are short and very heavily used, lots of gravel.
Parma Woods Range and Training Center
Area map. Short trail.
Platte Falls Conservation Area
No official trails.
Tiffany Springs Park
No mapped or marked trails. Most trails are old ATV ruts amidst scrub vegetation.
Weston Bend State Park
Trail map. Some interesting but short and over-used trails. The extensive erosion of the scenic West Ridge trail makes me weep.
Woodridge Primitive Area. 4.5 mile trail. Primitive camping permitted.
North Shore Trails. About 21 miles of nice trails. The red “Land’s End” section is a favorite.
Rockhaven Trails. Reportedly 30+ miles of equestrian trails along south shore. Adjacent to camping area.
Somewhere between 10-30 miles of equestrian trails. Still being explored but looks promising for a good long hike. No accurate map online but paper ones are available in the Saddle Ridge Equestrian camp ground and maybe elsewhere. A crappy scan of part of the paper trail map: Hillsdale Equestrian Trails
Linn County Park (La Cygne Lake)
About 22 miles of equestrian trails. The northern part is the most interesting. Some parts are not very well blazed and the trail just seems to peter out. An outdated but lovingly-handdrawn map is available at the park office/marina. There’s also a small aerial photo with what looks like a GPS track.
28 mile loop for hikers only. Some parts very nice. Camping permitted in some areas.
There’s a bike/hike trail on the west side of the lake but I think there’s been a lot of rerouting since this map was made.
Equestrian trails on west side of the lake as well.
Bluffwoods Conservation Area
Trail map. Interesting area. There are several old trails that aren’t on the current map.
Wallace State Park
Some other resources
- Earth Rider’s Mountain Bike Club
- Kansas Trails Council
- Missouri State Parks
- Mark Twain Natl Forest
- Kansas Equestrian Trails
- Missouri Dept of Conservation