Konza Prairie Trail
Difficulty: Moderate -- Advanced
Trail: Three loop trails of approx. 2.5, 4 and 6 miles. Short trail is self-guided nature trail. Wildlife viewing opportunities. Listed in 2009 as one of Backpacker Magazine’s Top 100 Day Hikes in the U.S.A.
Directions: From intersection of Bluemont Ave. and Tuttle Creek Blvd., go south on Tuttle Creek Blvd. to Hwy 177. Immediately after the bridge, turn right on McDowell Creek Rd. Go approx. 6 miles until just past town of Ashland. Turn left at Konza Prairie sign, and go approx. ½ mile to parking area and trailhead.
Facilities: composting toilets about 1 mile from trailhead
Misc.: suggested donation of $2/person. Dogs not allowed on trail. Self-guided nature trail maps available at trailhead.
Trail: 8-mile multi-use recreation/exercise trail, crushed gravel and paved surface
Directions: multiple access points to the trail, including Casement Rd., Blue River Bridge, South Manhattan Ave., Clarion Inn, West Anderson Fire Station
CiCo Park Exercise Trail
Trail: Approx. 1 mile walking/jogging trail on crushed gravel with exercise stations
From intersection of Bluemont Ave. and Tuttle Creek Blvd., go north on Tuttle Creek Blvd. approx. 1 mile to Kimball Ave. Go left (west) on Kimball approx. 3 miles to CiCo Park. Trail access on southeast side of park near playground/pool area.
Warner Park Trails
Difficulty: Beginner – Moderate
Trail: 2+ miles walking/jogging trails, some branches go into woods with elevation change. Not all trails are loops, so be prepared to double back.
From intersection of Bluemont Ave. and Tuttle Creek Blvd., go south on Tuttle Creek Blvd. until it becomes Fort Riley Blvd. and turns west. Continue approx. 3 miles past Seth Child Rd. to Miller Parkway on right. Turn onto Miller Pkwy then immediately right on Warner Park Rd. Continue to end of road; trailhead areas are near parking area.
Misc: Trails can also be reached off Schuss Rd. behind Arby’s.
Carnahan Creek State Park
Trail: 5-6 miles technical singletrack
From intersection of Bluemont Ave. and Tuttle Creek Blvd., go north on Tuttle Creek Blvd to Hwy 13. East on Hwy 13 across Tuttle Creek Dam and Spillway for 5-6 miles. Turn north on Carnahan Rd. for about 5 miles. Turn back west at sign for Carnahan State Park on Park Rd. for 1 mile. Trailhead is near the newer restroom facilities.
Facilities: camping, restrooms
Caution: This trail is designated for equestrian use. Always yield to horses to prevent spooking. Also be alert for cyclists who use this trail.
Fancy Creek State Park
Trail: 4-5 miles of trail with elevation changes
From intersection of Bluemont Ave. and Tuttle Creek Blvd., go north on Tuttle Creek Blvd. (Hwy 24/Hwy 77) to just after Randolph (~25 miles). East on Hwy 16 for 2 miles. North at Fancy Creek State Park sign (Last turn before bridge). Trailhead and map are at the first right after the self pay station.
Facilities: restrooms, camping
Caution: Trails are popular among mountain bikers. Be alert to cyclists using the trail.
Blue River Outlet Trail
Trail: Approx. 1 ½ mile loop trail along the river then back through wooded area and across meadow to trailhead.
From intersection of Bluemont Ave. and Tuttle Creek Blvd., go north on Tuttle Creek Blvd. to turnoff for Tuttle Creek River Pond. Follow road around the “tubes” and turn right into parking area just as road turns left to go to River Pond State Park pay station. (Purple playground by parking area.) Trailhead is at south end of parking area.
Blue River Outlet Park trail – hiking trail loop near River Pond State Park