The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
My husband, Nick, and I love to hike. I spend a lot of time cycling and he spends a lot of time running, so hiking is where we come together (and where he kicks my booty! Training for and completing a 50k trail run make you a pretty good hiker).
When I tell people about our shared activity, I'm often asked where we like to go. While there are a lot of nice options around Kansas City, here are my 5 go-to spots:
Best Places to Hike in Kansas City
- Location: Kansas City, Kansas
- Distance: 9.2 mile loop with multiple options to add distance
- Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult, known for it's steep climbs
- Pro Tip: Park at Shelter 9, walk past the park shelter and enter the woods. The trailhead comes out onto the street multiple times, so it helps to bring a map or join the Trail Nerds.
- Location: Ozawkie, Kansas
- Distance: 29 miles
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult depending on the sections you hike
- Pro Tip: Make a weekend out of it and stay at the Perry Cabins.
- Location: Kansas City, Missouri
- Distance: 13.5 miles
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Location: Lawrence, Kansas
- Distance: 25 miles
- Difficulty Level: The 8.4 mile Blue Trail is easy to moderate. The 12.8 mile White Trail is moderate to challenging.
- Pro Tip: The Blue Trail is closer to the Clinton Lake shoreline. The White Trail wanders up away from the lake.
- Location: Shawnee Mission, Kansas
- Distance: 9.1 miles
- Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
Honorable Mentions: Best Places for a Short, Easy Hike
- Located in Parkville, Missouri this nature sanctuary is beautiful and relaxing and makes for an easy hike.
- Located in the heart of Kansas City, these 2.5 miles of trails are an easy way to get an urban hike in. Park at the Westport-Roanoke Community Center.
Find Your Favorite Trail
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And comment below with your favorite place to hike in or around KC!