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The Best Backpacking in Kansas

Looking for the best backpacking in Kansas? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Kansas. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Kansas

  • Berryton, Kansas

    Hike the George Lathan Hiking Trail

    4 mi / 291 ft gain
    This four mile trail is located in the Woodridge Public Use Area, southwest of Lawrence and along the western edge of Clinton Lake.  Campsites are available without charge and without reservation, open to campers on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive at the trail head, you'll park ...
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  • Independence, Kansas

    Hike the Elk River Hiking Trail

    14.1 mi / 866 ft gain
    Just west of the Elk City Lake Dam is a small parking area. The scarcity of foot traffic is highlighted by the size of the parking lot. You'll begin your hike by crossing over a minimal footbridge that spans a small stream. Once over the stream, you begin a slightly moderate climb up the trail to...
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  • Olsburg, Kansas

    Hike the Carnahan Creek Park Loop

    8 mi / 250 ft gain
    Carnahan Creek Park is located 20 miles north of Manhattan, Kansas near the historic Carnahan Church on the north shore of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. This secluded park offers visitors free camping in many roadside campsites, as well as remote campsites only accessible through scenic forest and prai...
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  • Osawatomie, Kansas

    Hike Flint Hills Nature Trail

    91.9 mi / 1 ft gain
    Flint Hills Nature Trail [CLOSED] is a 91.9 mile point-to-point hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Osawatomie, Kansas.
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  • Overbrook, Kansas

    Hike Black Hawk Blue Trail

    11.3 mi / 570 ft gain
    Black Hawk Blue Trail is a 11.3 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a lake located near Overbrook, Kansas.
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  • Iola, Kansas

    Hike Prairie Spirit Trail

    52.3 mi / 931 ft gain
    Prairie Spirit Trail is a 52.3 mile point-to-point hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Iola, Kansas.
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  • Perry, Kansas

    Hike Perry Lake Hiking Trail

    29.2 mi / 2 ft gain
    Perry Lake Hiking Trail is a 29.2 mile loop hike that takes you by a lake located near Ozawkie, Kansas.
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