Perry Lake Trail

Type: Backcountry
Length: 30.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: N of Lawrence, northeast KS, runs on east side of Perry Reservoir at Perry SP
States: Kansas
Counties: Jefferson
Latitude: 39.15762   Longitude: -95.46794

Runs on E side of Perry Reservoir at Perry State Park


This trail was developed under the guidance of the Kansas Trails Council and is managed by the Corps of Engineers. Volunteers under the direction of the Kansas Trails Council provide all of the maintenance on the trail. This trail is 30 miles long and traverses much of the historic Old Military trail from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Riley (Kansas). It is unique in its historic value, but it also distinctive in its geologic and topographic aspects.

The trail is located in the northeast part of Kansas, which is the western edge of the eastern hardwoods. The Perry Trail is comprised of rolling hills and oak-hickory forest as well as open, native grasslands that make it a one of a kind trail for the Midwest. The trail follows much of the shoreline of beautiful Perry Lake, a 11,200 surface flood control/recreation lake which draws approximately 1 million visitors a year. Numerous backpackers and day hikers utilize this trail throughout the year, as well as wildlife observers and history buffs.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 892
Elevation High Point: 1,025
Year Designated: 1977

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: MAP of trail and lake

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Bunnie Watkins
Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
10419 Perry Park Dr.
Perry , KS 66073 -9717
(785) 597-5144



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