Jon Carnill

Middle Kansas isn't a hiking hub, but the Flint Hills are pretty and you can see Buffalo here! This place is definitely one of my favorite Park Service sites. Plenty of signs but do not get too close to the Buffalo. Also keep in mind that it is pure Prairie with no shade so be prepared in the summer heat.

The area is amazing but be careful not to get lost coming from the Battleship Rock Trailhead. Having a map is helpful, but about a mile and a half in I lost the trail. There are occasional carins but it is still difficult to navigate without GPS. I ended up turing back and getting to the springs by hiking from the Jemez Falls trailhead. This was off season when the campground was closed so you have to hike in from the main road. Longer hike but the trail was much more established, plus you get a nice overlook and it is a short hike to the falls. The springs were relaxing and definitely unique!

Amazing section of the AT but get there early to avoid crowds

A fun, short little getaway for those who are close to Lawrence. Easy going terrain and the trails are well maintained. It would definitely be a great place to take kids and there are plenty of information boards. Also great if you have a short amount of time.