Tiffany Springs Park Loop is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips.
Amity Woods Nature Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waldron, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
Happy Rock to Shoal Creek Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverside, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
These dirt hiking trails are located at the Cave Spring Historic Site & Nature Center. They advertise 3 loops — but once on the trail, it feels like the trails all loop and cross so much you can take a different route each trip. Along the trail, you will see remains of old cabins, creeks, ponds, and — of course — a small cave with a spring in it.
Best for: Trail runners or hikers looking to challenge themselves
The 1500-acre Wyandotte Co. Park has an 8.85-mile loop circling the park and other trails inside. These are rocky trails with some big hills and water to cross. You may see horses or, twice a year, the Psychodelic 5K Race on the hottest and coldest weekends.
Big Bull Creek Park celebrated its grand opening in September 2018. It is the largest park in the JCPRD system totaling 2,060 acres and is located between Edgerton and Gardner in southwest Johnson County.
Big Bull Creek Park focuses on nature-based learning, play, and restoration. The park also features two large shelters, a not-for-profit organized group campground, hiking and mountain bike trails, equestrian trails, and an 18-hole disc golf course at the Four Corners Road access.
A 116-acre nature park consisting of a diverse range of habitats including tallgrass prairies, upland meadows, bottomland forest, a small stream, three miles of nature trails to explore, a picnic shelter, and a nature center.
Please note: due to the nature of the park, bicycles and pets are not allowed.
Mill Creek Streamway Park is a beautiful linear park with approximately 17 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails. It also has three miles of equestrian trails and open spaces for jogging, picnicking, and hiking. The trail extends from Nelson Island on the Kansas River, south through the cities of Shawnee and Lenexa, and ends in Olathe.
Coffee Creek Streamway Park currently consists of a paved, shared-use trail totaling approximately 3.4 miles and can be accessed from Shelters 9 and 10 in Heritage Park and the Arthur and Betty Verhaeghe Park at 11401 W. 167th Street, Overland Park.
The development of Coffee Creek Streamway Park is part of the district’s ongoing efforts to create linear parks along major streams in Johnson County. In addition to conserving riparian corridors, assisting in flood control, and reducing property damage, the Streamway Parks System (PDF) provides trails and open spaces for biking, jogging, picnicking, and hiking.
Shawnee Mission Park features a 120-acre lake with a swimming beach and marina, 11 shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 44-acre dog off-leash area, an 18-hole disc golf course, mountain biking and hiking trails, equestrian trails, and is home to the Theatre in the Park.
The parkland was purchased through the district’s initial bond issue in 1956 and officially dedicated on May 30, 1964. It is the second-largest park in the county and the most visited park in the entire state of Kansas.
Rock Island Rail Corridor Shared Use Path is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
The Tomahawk Creek Trail follows its namesake waterway through the Kansas City suburbs of Overland Park and Leawood. The trail provides access for the thousands of nearby residents to a number of commercial centers as well as athletic fields, parks, and two golf courses. Much of the trail’s route is heavily wooded, offering a peaceful respite from daily life in the surrounding nature.
Blue River Parkway and Minor Park Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
This longer trail system in one of KC’s crown jewel parks features gently rolling contours on its north side and limestone bluff faces to the south. The Swope Trails system represents almost a decade of work. Ongoing project phases will add mileage within the park and work to connect with the Blue River Parkway trail system.
North Shore Trail
The North Shore Trail runs from the Overlook Park through Clinton State Park. The trails in this 25-mile system are single track, dirt hiking, and biking trails with mile markers. Each trail is blazed with Blue, White or Red Markers. Blue Trail is 9 miles long- White Trail is 14 miles long and the Red Trail is 2 miles long.
Kill Creek Streamway Park is part of the district’s ongoing efforts to create linear parks along major streams in Johnson County. The streamway park system provides trails and open spaces for biking, jogging, picnicking, and hiking.
Kill Creek Streamway Park currently consists of two separate segments of paved, shared-use trail totaling approximately 8.9 miles. Long-term plans call for connecting the existing segments and extending the trail from the Kansas River all the way to Gardner.
Nestled within a beautiful natural setting, the 897-acre park has four picnic shelters, a swimming beach and marina, over 12 miles of hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails, and also includes 1.5 miles of paved, shared-use trails for walking, running, and bicycling. The Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower offers magnificent views of the park and beyond!
Included in the total acreage for Kill Creek Park is TimberRidge Adventure Center. Only available by reservation or as part of programming, the facility encompasses over 200-acres of diverse landscape divided by a series of ponds. Offerings include rentals, challenge course team building, birthday parties, camps, special events, and camping.