Elk City Lake is well known for its six scenic trails: the Table Mound Hiking Trail (2 3/4 miles), mile-long Post Oak Self-Guided Nature Trail, Green Thumb Nature Trail (2/3 mile), Elk River Hiking Trail, Squaw Creek all-weather/handicap accessible multi-purpose trail, and a Hiking Trail at Card Creek Recreation Area. These trails meander through the colorful oak and hickory forest surrounding the lake and lead the hiker through some of the most interesting rock formations in Kansas while providing spectacular views of the lake and Elk River. Many people have hiked the trail system in Kansas. The Post Oak, Table Mound, and the Elk River Trails have been designated National Recreation Trails under the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Trail System.
The Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail is approximately 4 miles long and begins with a loop through the big sycamore and oak trees along the Elk River just north of the reservoir outlet. This gives way to a demanding trek through the trees and the ice age boulders that cover the hillside portion of the trial. The third segment of the trail winds through the tall native grasses in the center of the course framed by the river and hillside.
There is ample parking for large froups and excellent campground facilities near by. Out-of-town riders are urged to contact the Elk City State Park office ahead of time. Built exclusively for mountian biking, the trail is great fun for beginner and expert riders.
Admission: Park Permit Required
Address: 7 miles east of Elk City and 5 miles northwest of the city of Independence.
Our Email: ElkCitySP@wp.state.ks.us
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