Believe it or not, Kansas City is home to tons of hiking and biking trails. Even the biggest outdoor enthusiasts might not know about some of the hidden gems throughout the metro. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best trails for hiking and biking all over the Kansas City area.
Location: Oldham Road in Swope Park, KCMO (southwest of 1-435 and Gregory)
Length: 13.5 miles
One of the largest trail systems in downtown Kansas City, Swope Park Trails are a favorite among hikers and mountain bikers alike.
Location: Rosedale, northeast of Westport
Length: 4.5 miles
The Rozarks are a system of trails within the urban core of Rosedale, a community near Southwest Boulevard. The trails provide an outdoor escape while staying closely connected to urban neighborhoods and businesses.
Location: 51st & Wornall, KCMO
Length: ~2.5 miles
The Loose Park Trails wind in and around Loose Park near the Plaza area. The paved trails provide an easy place to walk or jog while enjoying the scenery of the surrounding greenspace.
Location: 8701 E. Gregory, KCMO
Length: 4 miles
The Cave Spring Trails are located in William M. Klein Park, a 39-acre historic nature park near Raytown, MO. The park features a cave, waterfall, fire pits, campgrounds, historic ruins, and even a nature center with exhibits.
Location: State Ave. & 126th St., Bonner Springs
Length: 15 miles
These wooded trails are perfect for biking and hiking enthusiasts looking for an outdoor adventure close to home. The park and trails are located near the Legends Outlets and Children’s Mercy Park at Wyandotte County Lake.
Location: Plaza & Brookside area
Length: 6 miles
The Trolley Track Trail provides Plaza and Brookside residents with a lengthy gravel trail that connects neighborhoods to businesses and parks in the area.
Location: South KCMO
Length: 12+ miles
This longer trail system features a variety of terrain in a wooded area along the slopes above the Blue River near Avila University. The trail will eventually link up to the Swope Park Trails System.
Location: Overland Park & Olathe
Length: 17 miles
The Indian Creek Bike Trail connects parks in Overland Park and Olathe through a mostly flat, paved trail system that’s perfect for biking and running. The trail links up to other area trail systems, providing over 25 miles of paved trails throughout Leawood, Olathe, and Overland Park.
Location: Parkville, MO
Length: ~3 miles
The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a 115-acre wildlife preserve located in Parkville, MO, just north of downtown Kansas City. Hikers can enjoy nearly three miles of scenic, wooded trails; however, no bikes or dogs are allowed on the trails.
Length: 17 miles
The Mill Creek Streamway Park trails extend from Nelson Island on the Kansas River down into Olathe. The park also features three miles of equestrian trails and picnic areas.
Length: 3 miles
The Ernie Miller Nature Center provides Johnson County with environmental programming, including live animals and educational exhibits. The center includes three miles of scenic trails. Bicycles and pets are not allowed at the park or center.