Autumn is time to hit the Kansas trails

For thousands of miles, you can walk amid autumn finery.

In eastern Kansas you can stroll beneath yellowing walnuts and hickories, then past reddening oaks as you pass along trails that take you up and down a rolling topography.

In the Flint Hills, you can hike by scarlet-colored sumac as you work through long stretches of prairie grasses that turn to gorgeous hues that rival those of  the legendary trees of New England.

As well as changing colors on trees and other vegetation, walking the Elk River Hiking trail takes you through scenic rimrock formations.

Most Kansans have no idea how many miles of really fine hiking trails are within our state.

Personally, I’d suggest checking out the Elk River Hiking Trail at Elk City Reservoir. As well as changing foliage, the trail winds through towering rimrock with some boulders literally the size of small houses.

Trails at Cross Timbers State Park have similar topography. Great prairie hikes can be had at well-maintained trails as close as El Dorado State Park.

CLICK HERE TO A LIST OF TRAILS MAINTAINED BY THE KANSAS TRAILS COUNCIL.