Perry Lake 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.

Type: Backcountry
Length: 30.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, Motorized
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

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

Runs on E side of Perry Reservoir at Perry State Park

Description

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

Elevation Low Point: 892
Elevation High Point: 1,025
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1977

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Perry Lake Trail Facebook page

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:
US Army Corps of Engineers
10419 Perry Park Dr.
Perry , KS 66073 -9717
(785) 597-5144
perry.lake@nwk02.usace.army.mil
http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/perry/hiking_trail.html

 

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Reviews

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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