Hiking is a fun way to explore the area’s natural beauty while at the same time improving your sleep quality and increasing your fitness level. So plan a hike around Overland Park for your next outdoor adventure. In fact, some of the best trails around The Highlands include:
Old Kate Trail
Found at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, the Old Kate Trail circles a forested stream valley. It wanders by the Riss Lake Dam, waterfalls, and the Girl Scout Cabin Pavilion (a popular site for telling ghost stories in the fall). The trail takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is rated mild to moderate.
White Tail Trail
Also at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, the White Tail Trail wanders through the middle of an urban forest. It’s named after the white-tailed deer often spotted nearby, and takes hikers away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The trail is a bit challenging with rocky ridges and steeper inclines. Also, don’t forget your camera as White Tail features a picturesque waterfall.
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area
Nestled in nearby Blue Springs, the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area features limestone boulders, restored prairies, and a trickling creek. The property spans just over 1,000 acres, and the nature center was updated in 2016 with new interactive exhibits. Visitors can explore several trails ranging from .03 to 9.9 miles. Along the way, you may spot turtles and dozens of chirping birds.
Cave Spring Park Trails
Cave Spring Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the cave and surrounding area played a significant role on the Santa Fe Trail. Hikers can explore 4.5 miles of winding trails where foxes, hawks, and deer are frequently discovered.
Hiking is just one of the outdoor activities that residents of our apartment community can enjoy. If you’re searching for a place to live, please contact us. We would love to give you a tour where you can see firsthand all we have to offer.Back to all posts