The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Be the first to leave a review! day, but I imagine it would be hot on a warmer day as there is very little shade or water. This trail takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings Creek before entering into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. Located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas,  Konza Prairie Trails are part of Konza Prairie Biological Station, which is a native tallgrass prairie preserve and managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. Konza Prairie Kings Creek Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Manhattan, Kansas. By following the trail east from this point, you will walk about 3.3 miles before returning to the parking lot. A really wide open space with very little shade cover. Hiking trail in Konza Prairie. Konza Prairie - All photos on this page by Jim Mason: Most of Konza was once a part of the Dewey Cattle Ranch. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Please explore responsibly! It does have a bit of elevation change, but isn't too bad for most Kansans. The Konza Prairie Trail is a special beloved attraction in the area. 4.6 miles of loop trail out by Manhattan sits at the Konza Prairie Natural Area, where you'll find plenty of wind flowing through the grasses and even more beauty at every turn. Amazing in the am. Steep long climbs with flat overview lookout. According to the trail guide, Kings Creek's headwaters are entirely within the boundaries of the protected Konza Prairie, which makes it a good benchmark for researching our environmental impacts on natural streams.You can see the erosion along the banks. Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop. The prairie can be seen from Interstate 70. The longest one is just over 6 miles and connects the Konza Prairie Loop with the Kings Creek Loop and the Goodwin Hill Loop. The Konza Prairie Trail is a special beloved attraction in the area. Konza Prairie - Kings Creek Loop. Really good trail..Some shade with water features. Great Trail with a couple of steep inclines. Native tallgrass prairie vegetation dominates Konza, including big bluestem grass, little bluestem grass, Indiangrass and switchgrass. Kings Creek ventures back uphill to provide breathtaking views of rolling hills, especially after early spring prairie burns when fresh wildflowers and green tallgrass takes over. NO DOGS or BIKES. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Much of this land was part of the Dewey Ranch. A $2 use fee is suggested but not required. Length 4.6 miElevation gain 396 ftRoute type Loop The Kings Creek Loop Trail at the Konza Prairie Natural Area is about 4.5 miles long. It is set on 3,487 hectare of native tallgrass prairie. From Kings Creek, head E through tallgrass prairie. Manhattan, KS. Konza Prairie Biological Station This cove at Tuttle Creek Lake is not in an official park, but it is open to the public. The Konza Prairie Trail is a special beloved attraction in the area. We went clockwise on Kings Creek, 4.6 loop. It’s really pretty out there. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Manhattan, KS Most of it is off-limits because of on-going biological research, but there is a small section that is open to the public with three loop nature trails: 2.5, 4.5 and 6.5 miles. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Be prepared for a hard run if that is what you are doing. it was a cool fall Buffalo roam the prairie. Konza Godwin Hill Loop. It was my first hike it was hard but I liked it in the end. I hiked at a moderate pace and completed the trail, with detours, in just over 2 hours. KPT004. A Parking lot is located at the trailhead which is on the the northwest corner of the prairie. A short spur takes to the Hokanson Homestead built in 1878. Nature Trail Loop at the Konza Prairie is a 2.8 Mile loop takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before you enter into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. Welcome to the Konza Prairie Nature Trail! It is set on 3,487 hectare of native tallgrass prairie. The Konza Prairie Trail is a special beloved attraction in the area. Hiking trails ***NOTICE: The Konza Prairie Nature Trail is open and ready for visitors again. Went clockwise & enjoyed view :). Tweet; Location: Latitude: 39.112 . Location: 39.1119651794434, -96.5901641845703. Experience Flint Hills geology throughout the trail system. Search campgrounds, glamping, and hotels near Manhattan. As you're heading down the Konza Prarie-Kings Creek Loop, close the loop by taking a left on the trail when it meets up with the junction for the Konza Prairie-Goodwin Hill Loop. At the highest points, enjoy spectacular views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley. Nature Trail Loop at the Konza Prairie is a 2.8 Mile loop takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before you enter into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. well-maintained gravel travel, beautiful views. There is cover near the farmstead, otherwise much of the trails are in the open. This trail takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before entering the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. Great hike even in the winter. The Konza in winter. Nature trail kiosk - the entrance to the Konza Prairie public trail system. It is mostly a prairie hike so bring lots of water and sunscreen. Kansas is somewhat known for its relatively flat land with nearly identical scenery across the entire state. The trail offers a choice of 3 loops: The Nature Trail Loop at 2.6 miles, The Kings Creek Loop at 4.6 miles, and the Godwin Hill Loop at 6.1 miles. At the highest points, enjoy spectacular views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley. Konza Prairie Kings Creek Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. Find hikes, backpacking, photo spots, and more around Manhattan. Awesome hike through the Kansas grasslands. It is set on 3,487 hectare of native tallgrass prairie. From Interstate I-70, take exit 307 (County rd. Click here for directions. Be here an hour before sunrise on a partly cloudy morning and watch as nature puts forth its finest firework sho... Carnahan Creek Park is located 20 miles north of Manhattan, Kansas near the historic Carnahan Church on the north shore of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Konza Prairie's hiking trails wind through lowland gallery forest, cross Kings Creek, and climb over ancient limestone ledges into the native tallgrass prairie. There are shorter trails or loops you can do. Konza Prairie Kings Creek Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile loop that takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before entering the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. This bridge crosses Kings Creek. But the views are amazing. There are lots of wildflowers and wildlife to view. Manhattan, KS. Proceed to the first numbered sign. If you need a place to get away and not worry about getting lost on a trail this place is it. Will you be adventuring out here on the Konza Prairie someday soon? Konza Godwin Hill Loop Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 109), turn north, travel about 2 miles to entry on the right. Fax: 785-539-7845. We maybe met 4 other hikers/runners on the 6 mile trail. A trail guide is available at the trailhead that describes key points and geography of the Flint hills prairie. A Konza walking trail in the fall. Cruising across Kanas and stopped for a hike in this amazing preserve. Limited shaded areas so I’d recommend a hat, water source, and sunscreen. Beautiful prairie with well-marked trail. © 2021 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. This gorgeous trail covers some of the best scenery in the Konza prairie, without the long walking over stone paths and hills. This trail was a lot of fun. Just one of the best trails....in Kansas. A trail guide is available to enhance your experience and understanding of the geography. This hike features amazing views, well marked trails, and is especially beautiful in the spring and fall. The hiking routes in the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area consist of one large loop trail trisected by connector trails. Manhattan, KS. Kansas State University Will definitely do again. Highly recommend. La première moitié est en plein soleil, crème recommandée. The trail is 2.6 miles long and you can expect it to take 2 - … The trail is well maintained and offers 3 different loops. Out here on this loop trail, Kansas looks just as stunning as it always has. Perfect for running and hiking. Add A video to this trail. Telephone: 785-587-0441 Great views! We opted for the whole shebang. It is a different view depending on the season! This is my perfect running trail. Godwin Hill Loop: allow 4 1/2 hours to enjoy 6 mile round-trip hike. This hike will have 24 numbered stops. To protect the trail and hikers, the trail is occasionally closed during wet conditions or controlled burning. Beautiful prairie even in winter time with different up and down hill features. Longitude:-96.5902 . These hills go from Oklahoma to the far north part of Kansas along the east central part of the state. Nature Trail Loop at the Konza Prairie is a 2.8 Mile loop takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings creek before you enter into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. KPT002. Konza Prairie Kings Creek Loop Trail. Konza Prairie Kings Creek Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. Media. Extending from the Kings Creek Loop is the 6.2-mile Goodwin Loop Trail. What to See: Plants. Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop. The longest trail is about 6 miles. Linear Trail. The second half is a little more flat as you are between the hills. A short spur takes to the Hokanson Homestead built in 1878. Length 6.1 miElevation gain 459 ftRoute type Loop Magnifique randonnée bien pensée, on croise beaucoup d’animaux dans des végétations différentes. This trail takes you through the timber lined banks of Kings Creek before entering into the rolling Flint Hills tall grass prairie. Their songs were amazing. Recommended for anyone that wants a good get away for a short period. Rolling green hills with wildflowers and a few shallow creek crossing. The bridge has been repaired and is now back in place. Trail Photos; Trail Videos; This trail has no images associated with it. This is the second of 3 loops from the trailhead. This is where the prairie and forest meet in the Flint Hills. A trail guide is available at the trailhead that describes key points and geography of the Flint hills prairie. There are 3 trails that all begin at the same place: Kiosk at the common entrance to the Konza Prairie trail system. The trail was closed for a period following heavy rainfall and flooding that damaged the Kings Creek Bridge on August 29th. Don't want the full 6 miler, but are looking for a little more than the shortest loop? This brochure is for a self-guided hike of the first Nature Trail loop of 2.6 miles (map on the back). The trail is lined with limestone pea gravel or follows a service road that is either bare dirt or limestone gravel. If you hike Kansas trails and want to share photos with other Kansas hikers, check … 4. It is set on 3,487 hectare of native tallgrass prairie. Kings Creek Loop: allow 3 1/2 hours to enjoy 4.4 mile round-trip hike. Super pour la course ! Make sure you bring enough water because the first mile is the toughest. Worth the 8min detour from the Interstate. Add A photo to this trail. A trail guide is available at the trailhead that describes key points and geography of the Flint hills prairie. It is set on 3,487 hectare of native tallgrass prairie. Awesome Kansas hike. It is managed by Kansas State University to be used as a research natural area to study the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Members of the public are allowed onto portions of the Konza Prairie through three loop hiking trails (approximately 2.6, 4.5, and 6 miles). Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop. Hiking – Konza has three main trails that total about 12 miles in length: The Nature Trail (2.4 miles) – Perfect for the interstate traveler who wants to stretch their legs without loosing too much time. A short spur takes to the Hokanson Homestead built in 1878. Nice views throughout. 116 Ackert Hall From the parking area, I followed the Nature Trail along Kings Creek. It’ll be a hard run because the first half of the trail is very hilly and steep but the views from the top make it worth it. The creek was full of birds. Starting at the trailhead, this very well-maintained trail is an easy, 4.6 mile loop. Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manhattan, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. Using the connectors, one may choose any of three hikes: the 2.8-mile Self-Guided-Nature-Trail Loop, the 4.8-mile King’s Creek Loop, or the 6.3-mile Godwin Hill Loop. All trails start from the same trailhead. One place where that differs is the Konza Prairie, a part of the larger Flint Hills. Note: No dogs or bikes allowed on this trail. Hiking Trails Konza Prairie's hiking trails wind through lowland gallery forest, cross Kings Creek, and climb over ancient limestone ledges into the native tallgrass prairie. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until June. Much of this land was part of the Dewey Ranch. Great views! Length 2.7 miElevation gain 265 ftRoute type Loop. Six miles of hiking trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. The Konza Prairie Trail is a special beloved attraction in the area. Students from Kansas State, just up the road, study this region, hoping to preserve the prairie. This is a research site with numerous experiments in progress - stay on the trail at all times. A short spur takes to the Hokanson Homestead built in 1878. Konza Prairie is a preserve of The Nature Conservancy and managed by Kansas State University. Now buffalo roam the prairie again. can't wait to come back in the spring and summer. In the 1970's, the Nature Conservancy purchased the property, over 13 square miles. KONZA PRAIRIE NATURE TRAIL KINGS CREEK LOOP You are now on the second loop of the Nature Trail. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your Have you done this adventure? It is a place I have come to again and again. adventures and follow local regulations. No dogs, so we walked him along the car road. 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