Trails in Osage County

Melvern Lake is situated on the eastern edge of Kansas’ Flint Hills Region.

Eisenhower State Park

29810 S. Fairlawn Road, Osage City, KS  66523
Phone: 785-528-4102

Eisenhower State Park is located at Melvern Lake, on the eastern fringe of the Flint Hills. There are over 5 miles of trails through trees, tall grass prairie and along beautiful Lake Melvern Deer along Eisenhower Trailwith additional improvements ongoing. On portions of the trails, visitors will see native tall grass prairie which is unique to the Osage Prairie area. Big bluestem grass is one of the most productive grasses of the area and can grow to over 6 feet tall. Wildflowers are abundant including, Purple Cone Flower, Plains Coreopsis, Black-eyed Susan and Gayfeather.   Visitors may also catch glimpses of wildlife such as deer, fox, coyote, quail, box turtles and turkey. Easy access to the nearby Melvern Lake makes fishing an option. The park also offers camping, swimming, playgrounds, volleyball pits and picnic shelters.

Riders on Eisenhower Horse TrailThe Crooked Knee Horse Trail system spans 20 miles throughout the undeveloped west side of the park, and is also available for hiking and mountain biking. Facilities for camping with horses is onsite at several locations.

Fivestar Trail, Eisenhower ParkThe Fivestar Trail has multiple functions to include hiking and mountain biking, as well as a walk-through archery trail with shooting lanes and 20 targets of various difficulties. The archery trail is 2 miles in length and the bike trail is 5 miles.  Both are located on the east side of the park.

Eisenhower Scooter TrailThe Scooter Trail is a scenic, one-way trail just over a mile long – perfect for an early morning stroll or for those looking for a safe place to ride their scooter.  Motorized scooters, 50cc and under are allowed from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

GPS Positions:
Eisenhower State Park: N38 31.72 W95 44.70
Scooter Trail: N38 30.990 W95 44.814
Five Star Bike Trail at Trailhead: N38 31.439 W95 44.350
Horse Trail at Trailhead: N38 31.594 W95 45.379

Eisenhower Park website
Eisenhower Park Trails web page

Melvern Lake Project, U.S. Corps of Engineers

31051 Melvern Lake Parkway, Melvern KS 66510
Phone: US Army Corp of Engineers - Melvern Reservoir, 785-549-3318

GPS Position:
Melvern Reservoir: N38 31.72 W95 44.70

Outlet Park: Visitors can hike over 3 miles of trail which winds through wooded areas, grasslands, and around a lake. Camping, restrooms and playgrounds are available.

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Tallgrass Heritage Trail: Lying in the Osage Cuestas region of Kansas, the trail journeys through a Kansas prairie ecosystem where visitors can enjoy woodland areas and fields of native tallgrass abundant with prairie plant and animal life. The two-mile prairie portion of the trail extends from the Coeur d' Alene Park fee booth to the Arrow Rock Park entrance. This mowed path provides a challenging hike or ride over several rolling hills and valleys. Visitors will marvel at the spectacular lake views from the tops of hills, but will also enjoy being surrounded by several hundred acres of some of the last undisturbed tall grass prairie mixed with beautiful wildflowers. Other portions of the approx. 4 mile trail are developed.

Visitors are encouraged to return often to enjoy the seasonal changes in plant species and to view wildlife which are more active in spring and fall. Common species include deer, turkey, raccoon, rabbits, and red-tailed hawks. The lake also serves as a stopping point for many waterfowl and shore birds.

Map of Melvern Lake Trails

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State and federal parks both offer trails to visitors at Melvern Lake, located 35 miles south of Topeka, KS on US-75 Highway.

Melvern Lake trails include:

Stop by the Corps of Engineers Visitor’s Center and the Eisenhower State Park office for lake information and exhibits.

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