Trails in Osage County

Practical Advice on hiking and biking Osage County trails...

Trails for Health

Physical activity offers many health benefits. Even light to moderate exercise can reduce stress and improve stamina. If you are looking for a fun way to become more active, look at trails.

Osage County, Kansas offers a variety of hiking and biking trails which offer spectacular views of tallgrass prairie, rivers, lakes, rolling hills and woodlands. You'll see numerous plants and animal species that combine to make up the woodland and tallgrass ecosystems of east central Kansas. 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. Cameras are encouraged, as well, in order to capture the many scenic views.

Our two federal reservoirs and two state parks each offer an abundance of trails. The Flint Hills Nature Trail, a rail-trail, also crosses Osage County and connects to the Landon Nature trail, as it is being developed. In addition, several Osage County towns offer trails to visitors.

While enjoying trails, please stay safe and be courteous to other trail users:

  • Carry plenty of water.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Use sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Leave no trace – pack out any litter.
  • Know your location and how to get back to the trail head
  • Walk with others to add an extra measure of safety
  • Watch out for wildlife such as snakes, as well as plants like poison ivy.
  • Keep to the right as you approach oncoming trail users.
  • Cyclists should yield to pedestrians and make their presence known when passing on the left.
  • Wear a helmet if you are biking.
  • Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them as necessary.

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Please stay safe and be courteous to other trail users...

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