The six hiking trails wind through extensively wooded habitat teaming with a variety of native wildlife. Park naturalists are on staff in the summer months to help provide a variety of outdoor learning experiences.
The Ancient Oaks trail has new interpretive signage that dates several of our old trees, one being over 275 years old! The Chatauqua Hills Trail has a new 8 mile extension that adventurous hikers and mountain bikers can travel to make the trail a total of 12 miles. Trails will be open throughout the year. All campgrounds are open. Electric will remain on all winter, and frost free hydrants are available at Toronto Point and Manns Cove.
The forested flood plains, surrounded by terraces of prairie and hills of oak savannah, provide the visitor an opportunity to see some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the state. A multitude of outdoor recreational activities may be pursued in this diverse area. Wildlife observation, fishing, hunting and photography are all popular.
Birds seem to attract a lot of interest at Toronto and many different species have been spotted during spring and fall migration periods. Visitors might even view transient bald eagles that are often seen around the reservoir in the winter. A listing of birds found on the area as well as the wide variety of field guides covering native wildlife may be obtained at the park office on the southwest end of the reservoir.
Admission: Park Permit Required
Address: 12 miles W of Yates Center off Hwy 105
Our Email: CrossTimbersSP@wp.state.ks.us
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