Tours and Trails in Kansas

Kansas has many opportunities for scenic tours, whether you are driving or pedaling a bike.  Many wildlife viewing sites are located along these routes.

If hiking or horseback riding are what you are after, check out the lists below for the premier trails in the state. 

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Auto Tours
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Flint Hills National Scenic Byway
Frontier Military Scenic Byway
Glacial Hills Scenic Byway
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway
Native Stone Scenic Byway
Post Rock Scenic Byway
Prairie Trail Scenic Byway
Smoky Valley Scenic Byway
Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway

Lewis and Clark in Kansas - The Corps of Discovery celebrated their first 4th of July in Kansas and saw their first bison here as well.  Visit this excellent website for more information on this important part of our history, an interactive map and local events celebrating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Backroads Touring in Kansas - Don't mind dirt roads?  This site's for you!  Oriented to dual-sports motorcycle riders, it gives you a real feeling for what can be seen off the beaten path.  The photos in the Gallery section will whet your appetite for a "boondocking" trip of your own!

Listed below are the best bicycle tour opportunities in the state.
For more information about bicycling in Kansas, visit these websites:

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Kansas City Bicycle Club

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Kaw Valley Bicycle Club

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Lawrence Bicycle Club

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Lawrence Mountain Bike Club

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Leavenworth Bicycle Club

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Johnson County Bicycle Club

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Oz Bicycle Club (Wichita)

Biking Tours
Bike tours

Cottonwood 200 - May 26-28, 2012, beginning at Topeka
Bike Across Kansas (BAK) -  June 9-16, 2012

Prairie Spirit Trail - Rail/trail from Ottawa to Iola
Flint Hills Nature Trail - Rail/trail from Osawatomie to Herington
Landon Nature Trail - Rail/trial from Topeka to Pomona Lake

Kansas Bike Routes - Download a regional bike route map from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)
KDOT bicycle web page - for city maps and more
Bike Paths in Kansas State Parks - hub page for all the state parks

or click this link for a comprehensive map of the entire state
(Warning! 15+ meg pdf file!)

Listed below are the sites with the best hiking opportunities in the state.
For more information about trails in Kansas, visit the Kansas Trails Council website.

Hiking
Hiking

bulletSoutheast Kansas
bulletElk City Lake
bulletBig Hill Lake
bulletSouth central Kansas
bulletTallgrass Prairie Preserve
bulletSandhills State Park
bulletPawnee Prairie Park
bulletChisholm Creek Park
bulletSouthwest Kansas
bulletBig Basin
bulletCimarron National Grassland
bulletClark State Lake
bulletNortheast Kansas
bulletPerry Lake
bulletClinton Lake
bulletKansas River Trails
bulletHillsdale Lake
bulletNorth central Kansas
bulletKanopolis Lake
bulletMilford Lake
bulletKonza Prairie
bulletTuttle Creek Lake
bulletWilson Lake
bulletNorthwest Kansas
bulletArikaree Breaks
bulletLake Scott State Park

Listed below are notable sites with equestrian trails in the state.

Also see the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge web page
for information about their special trail rides.

Horseback Riding
Horseback riding

bulletSoutheast Kansas
bulletElk City Lake
bulletJohn Redmond Lake
bulletLa Cygne Lake
bulletBig Hill Lake
bulletSouth central Kansas
bulletEl Dorado Lake
bulletPawnee Prairie Park
bulletSouthwest Kansas
bulletCimarron National Grassland
bulletNortheast Kansas
bulletPerry Lake
bulletClinton Lake
bulletPomona Lake
bulletMelvern Lake
bulletHillsdale Lake
bulletNorth central Kansas
bulletKanopolis Lake
bulletMilford Lake
bulletTuttle Creek Lake
bulletNorthwest Kansas
bulletLake Scott State Park

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