Now is the perfect time of year for you and yours to enjoy the amazing benefits of nature on some of the most beautiful hikes in the area. Kansas City hiking trails are some of the most scenic in the country. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favorite local hikes that we think you'll love.
Check Out Our Favorite Kansas City Hiking Trails
Hiking paths and trails are strewn throughout the Kansas City metro area, ready to be explored and enjoyed, with all the health benefits of nature that come with them. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Swope Park. One of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and located less than 20 minutes from downtown, Swope Park features countless hiking trails along limestone bluffs and wooded valleys that boast a wide array of colorful foliage and wetland wildlife.
Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center. Located in Olathe, this wildlife getaway features a variety of old bridges, stone embankments and babbling streams within its 116 acres. It also features an animal education center.
Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Five miles of paved and woodchip paths weave throughout this natural ecosystem and botanical gardens, making it a great spot for hiking virtually any time of the year.
Parkville Nature Sanctuary. Three trails – Old Kate Trail, White Tail Trail and Bluebird Trail – each have different features and accessibility, but are equally popular in this hiking destination just 20 minutes north of downtown KC.
Fleming Park. Located in Jackson County and winding around Lake Jacomo, this park sees approximately 1.3 million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular parks in the metro.
What Are the Benefits of Nature?
It sounds like the opposite of everything your doctor has told you, but being in the sunshine without sunscreen could be good for you. Studies have shown a correlation between increased sun exposures and a decrease in risk and mortality for several cancers, as well as autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases. As you may already know, the right amount of sunshine can promote the production of vitamin D. It can also promote stronger skin, pain relief, boost metabolism and simply brighten your mood. The benefits of nature are immense! So, what are you waiting for? Let's hit the trail!