Length: 30.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, Motorized
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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
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.
Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Elevation Low Point: 892
Elevation High Point: 1,025
Year Designated: 1977
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Perry Lake Trail Facebook page
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.
US Army Corps of Engineers
10419 Perry Park Dr.
Perry , KS 66073 -9717
PhotosNo additional photos are available.
Perry Lake Hiking Trail
I am a long-time volunteer on this particular trail in Kansas. The trail is 29 miles in length, forms a very large loop (so hikers can cover entire loop and return back to same place/car), and is marked throughout with blue blazes and mile markers. About 55% is woods and about 45% is open fields. Much of the trail follows Perry Lake shoreline, with a many views of the main lake and tributaries. Terrain variation is less than 200', making for an easy/moderate hike.
January 20, 2018
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