Hiking in Kansas. Who Knew?

Konza Hike landscapeAfter almost thirty years of marriage to mountain and hiking lover, this beach girl has finally grown to appreciate the beauty and awesomeness of hiking. Since we don’t exactly live in typical hiking area (hello, Kansas!), Phil and I have opted to make the best of what we have by checking out hiking trails right here in our own backyard.

So, on our last trek out to Salina to visit Phil’s dad and stepmom, we decided to stop along the way to check out a hike we had heard about. We thought it would be a great way to break up the three-hour car ride and get a little exercise. The hike is the Konza Prairie Nature Trail located just outside of Manhattan, Kansas (“the little apple!”).  It was super windy and tad bit chilly on a March afternoon, but it really didn’t bother us at all. We had layers on and were more than mesmerized by the great views of the wide open grasslands.

Konza Hike Lailan Phil

We found out there are basically three different trails of varying lengths that all start from the main parking lot.  The basic nature trail (2.6 miles), the King’s Creek Loop (4.6 miles), and the Godwin Hill Loop (6.2 miles).  Phil and I only had time to do the Kings’ Creek Loop, but we can’t wait to head back and hike the 6.2 mile loop this summer!

Are there any hiking trails you like in the Kansas City area? Please share!

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