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Local trails for mountain biking, running, hiking and wildlife viewing, all within 45 min of Ft Riley and Junction
City.  Reviews and routes are written from a mountain biking and trail running perspective, but are intended to
provide information for all activities--see maps, videos, info below.

Great start in planning your ecotourism trip to the area or if you are a local just looking for something new to
do in our scenic Flint Hills!

This page will be updated occasionally, please check back for new trails!
Milford Lake Map
1.  LIMINAL TRAIL, ACORNS RESORT, Milford KS
TRAIL DIARIES:  7 Days of Dirt & then some
Distance and Course:  
5k single track through the woods, along the lake shore and up and down ravines.  Do 2 or 3 loops and you still won't be bored.  
beaches). In Spring or Fall, add a kayak trip of Farnum Creek (kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board rentals at office. One loop
takes from 20 min (decent riding or running) to 40 min for beginners/more relaxed pace.  Eagle and Blue Herron can be seen
when kayaking up Farnum Creek.  Plans are in the works for additional 5 miles of trail by Summer 2013.  

The Track:
Mostly single and hard packed, loose in areas, some smaller/medium rocks, technical in spots.  Trying to jump the dry creek bed
by the COE boat dock is not recommended. Clockwise is best, stay to LEFT at intersections for full loop. The track is sort of a
cross between Manhattan River Trails and Fancy Creek, fast in some places, and technical in some others.  

Weather/Seasonal considerations:
All weather trail, EXCEPT no bikes when muddy (if mud is accumulating on your bike tires, please use foot traffic only).  Blocked
from wind, shaded from sun.  Dries out pretty quickly in summer rains, holds the mud in winter. If there is good snow, bring your
snowshoes or cross country skis!  Beautiful place to be during snowfall.  Toughest/best trail close to JC for trail running.  

Permission/Permit to Use:   A daily pass is required ($5 per vehicle).  The pass is in effect to limit # of non resort stayers using
the resort beaches and boat docks and is not intended to reduce trail useage.  Please stop at office and let them know you are
running,biking or hiking if you will be parking inside the resort . . . or if you're just going to do a couple loops and be out, easiest to
park at Boat & RV Storage Bldg and head S on the trail from here (no permit needed).   

Useage:  Very little known trail, well maintained.  No horses or ORVs allowed.  Pet friendly. Not handicap or stroller accessible.

How to get there:
N of I70 (exit 295) 13 mi, take left at blue sign for Acorns Resort, take 1st right to trail head. Get up to to date trail map at Acorns
Resort office (on going construction or fluctuating water levels may affect certain areas of the trail).

Drinks, food and bathroom:  
Water refills at campground.  Vault toilets by office.  Acorns Resort office has snacks/cold drinks.  Beer, cocktails, pizza,
hamburgers, convenience and liquor store in town of Milford, 1 mi N (restaurants--Tropics or Anchor Inn), gas station 3 mi S on
Hwy 77.  Or
stay at your own cabin at the resort and enjoy the beautiful Milford sunset from your porch.

MAPS:  Trail Map,  Driving Directions

What else is there to do?
Picnic on the beach, kayak/canoe/stand up paddle board rentals, pontoon rentals, cabins . . .www.acornsresortkansas.com
4.  Ft Riley Open Areas, Milford/Wakefield, KS
3.  RIVERWALK & Milford Dam & Moon Lake (JC & Ft Riley, KS)
2.  MILFORD STATE PARK, Junction City, KS
5.  MANHATTAN RIVER TRAILS, Manhattan KS
6.  FANCY CREEK & RANDOLPH SP N, Randolph KS
11 mi single track and cross country trails through the woods, along the lake shore and up and down ravines.  This is my #1 trail
for all around conditioning and scenery.  It is also the best for wildlife viewing--deer, coyotes, turkey, Eagles.  You can break up
the trails (3 major ones) to decrease the distance, but doing the whole thing will not dissapoint and there are plenty of great
place to stop for snacks/picnic!  Great for all levels of riders:  will take about an hour if you are good, up to 2 hours if you are a
beginner (with a few short breaks).  Can link this course route to the RW (#3 below) for an extra 15 to 25 miles.

The Track:
Mostly single and hard packed, sand in some areas, some grassy (mowed) trail,  very few rocks (Crystal Trail N Loop mainly) ,
technical in spots through ravines.  Best to go counter clockwise (start out going NE on trail at shelter right outside main gate).   
When you come out of Crystal Trail, it is easiest (direction wise) to take the paved road South, follow it to stop sign, take a left,
take your next right and cut back into the trail on your right on the trail BEFORE the trail head.  This stretch of pavement is about a
mile and is the only time you will see pavement except to cross.  There are a few other trails you can take not on the map to the
left, see other maps below for variations to your route.

Weather/Seasonal considerations:
All weather trail, EXCEPT no bikes when muddy (if mud is accumulating on your bike tires, please use foot traffic only).  Some
parts of the trail are blocked from wind, shaded from sun, but more than 1/2 is somewhat exposed.  Dries out pretty quickly after
moisture.  If there is good snow, bring your snowshoes or cross country skis!  Beautiful place to be during snowfall.  

Permission/Permit to Use:   A daily pass is required ($5 per vehicle) or get an annual pass for less than $30.  

Useage:
Local riders/runner and HS XCountry runners know about this trail, but you will probably not see another person while you are out
there.  Horses are allowed on some sections of trail so be mindful and get off your bike and off the trail when approaching riders.
 Very well maintained by the State Park.  Pet friendly (on leash). Some areas are handicap or stroller accessible.

How to get there:
N of I70 (exit 295) about 10 mi, take left at HWY 57 and go about a mile to Milford State Park entrance on right. Go to gate or office
if need map or pass, then go back to 1st pavilion you see before gate and park there to get on trail.  

Drinks, food and bathroom:  
Water refills and toilets in campgrounds (see MSP trail map below for location).  BJs and Klems convenience stores within 3-4
miles on Hwy 77 (S) for snacks/cold drinks, beer. Closest restaurant is Coach's Sports Bar (S on HWY 77, intersection of Ash).

MAPS:   Driving Directions

What else is there to do?
Cabins and camping at the State Park.  Activities-for children the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery is just a mile down the
road (W on HWY 57) and is WONDERFUL--has a butterfly house, educational nature trails, live animals, amazing playground
and interactive displays.  In the park--picnic on the beach, swimming, no watercraft rentals at MSP (closest is Acorns Resort 3
miles N on HWY 77.  
Milford State Park Trail Map
Distance and Course:  
If you do the suggested route:  RW TH to Moon Lake TH, Boy Scout Trail and back to RW TH, then RW out to Milford Dam, Nature
on speed and breaks).  The RW trail itself is basically an improved road bed and when done alone, really doesn't constitute
mountain biking (in the author's opinion).  Adding ST at Moon Lake and the Dam is what makes me love this course.  

The Track:
Mostly easy (hard packed and paved), but the Dam Cliffs and Moon Lake Boy Scout Trail are a little technical--though fast and
extremely scenic.  Riding the roads on Ft Riley up to Moon Lake--there are GREAT shoulders and even a biking lane thru some.

Weather/Seasonal considerations:
Blocked from wind, shaded from sun in places (4 mi on RW and 2 mi on Boy Scout Trail at Moon Lake), otherwise exposure.  

Lake), you will need to be wearing your bike helmet and have a Gov't issued ID on you.  The RW trail is open to the public.

Useage:  
Pet friendly on leash.  The RW trail itself is handicap and stroller accessible.  Moon lake recreation area (at the Boy Scout TH) is
a popular place to spend an afternoon with the family--but I've never seen anyone on the trails.  

How to get there:
N of I70 (exit 296) take Washington St straight through town, after your cross the river look for TH on your left.  Park here and go N
for Moon Lake or get on the RW trail.

Drinks, food and bathroom:  
No water refills except at gas station on Ft Riley (need military or DOD ID card to use), so bring plenty.  General public can use
concession eating facilities (several to choose from) in the PX building (on your left as you enter Ft Riley).  Vault toilets at RW TH.  
Plenty of great hotels in JC to choose from, favorite eats are Kytes (Washington and 6th)and Peking (836 S Washington).

MAPS:  Trail Map,  Driving Directions

What else is there to do?
Fort Riley has a ton of history.  Take a great walking tour of historic post.  Begin your canoe/kayak trip at the newly constructed
Grant avenue boat access to the Kansas River and take out at Manhattan for a fun day trip.  Check out the schedule for the
Hoover Opera house and take in a show.  
Distance and Course:  
If you do the suggested route:  Start at Acorns Resort, take HWY 77 N to gate on left  just after turn off to Milford Cemetary (about
3.5 mi from Acorns), enter off road area and angle N thru trails, then back out to HWY 77 for a mile to your next left into Ft Riley off
road area, through trails and back out to HWY 82 for a mile (West), then take unimproved road on your left into Military Marina
total, 20 mi on dirt. The scenery is amazing.  Expect to see many deer and other wildlife!  Can easily add up to 30 miles to this
course (see trail map below and make sure to check ISportsman, link below under permit first).

The Track:
Mostly easy (hard packed and paved), but with plenty of terrain so great workout.  If you get lost, don't worry, it's easy to spot the
highway if you get up on a hill.  Don't be afraid of taking trails that are not shown on the map, there are many to choose from.  
However, do NOT go N of HWY 82 on trails unless you are completely aware of up to date Ft Riley training closures.  Do be
cautious when riding the roads on HWY 77--lots of traffic and little shoulder.  HWY 82 has a great shoulder for bikes!

Weather/Seasonal considerations:  Pretty exposed in most areas, avoid on really windy days.  

Permission/Permit to Use:   MUST be registered through ISportsman and checked in on day of visit (can do this from your
smartphone).  Registration and checking in ensure your safety and legal access to Ft Riley open areas (which are open to the
public MOST of the time).  If you are riding/running/hiking and not checked in at ISportsman, Military Police will escort you out.  

Useage:  
Pet friendly, somewhat handicap and stroller accessible. Mainly used for hunting, wear blaze orange during season.  

How to get there:
If coming from Acorns Resort, use the driving directions link below.  

Drinks, food and bathroom:  
No water refills and no vault toilets, take a hydration pack and other necessary items. Restaurants nearby:  Susy Q in Wakefield,
Tropics and Anchor Inn in Milford.  Closest gas station/convenience store is in Wakefield.

MAPS:  Trail Map  Driving Directions

What else is there to do?
Take in Fort Riley, Junction City and Acorns Resort activities listed above.  The Wakefield Arboretum (below) is a great way to
spend the afternoon!
The River Trails are 5.5 miles, but you can connect with the Linear Trail for an additional 9 miles or a total of 15 miles. The River
Trails are straight up fast single track, with ravines, woods, riverfront trail and a few technical sections and some play areas.  
Scenery is great and you can ride a few loops in a row of the River Trails without thinking of getting bored.  One loop on the River
Trails takes about 35 minutes (decent riding), but can take up to an hour if you haven't practiced "sport" riding before.  

The Track:
The River Trails are hard packed, narrow and fast.  Linear trails are crushed rock/pavement, flat and wide (suitable for road bike).
The River Trails are hands down the funnest trails around here for mountain biking.

Weather/Seasonal considerations:  Very protected from wind/sun.  Will dry up relatively quick after rain.  But please no riding if
the mud is accumulating on your tires--foot traffic only then.  Gets pretty hot in the dead of Summer with no breeze.

Permission/Permit to Use:   Trails are open to the public, thanks to some great support in Manhattan.

Useage:  
I would not recommend bringing your pet on the River Trails.  This trail gets alot of useage by bikers and sometimes it's difficult
to see them coming around the bend.  River Trails are not wheel chair or stroller accessible, but the Linear Trails are.  I have
never ridden this trail without seeing others, but it's not so packed you have to slow down.  Please do NOT wear headphones, it
could endanger your safety or someone elses--and definitely wear a helmet.   This trail is used for biking, running and hiking.

How to get there:
There are several trail heads, easiest is at the intersection of HWY 24 and Kansas River (just before the bridge on your right).  

Drinks, food and bathroom:  
No water refills and no vault toilets, take a hydration pack and other necessary items. Favorite restaurants nearby:  Umi's
Japanese Steakhouse (great sushi) and Baan Thai house. Convenience store/gas station right across HWY 24 from trailhead.

MAPS:  Trail Map  Driving Directions

What else is there to do?
Cico park is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy an afternoon of activities.  Also recommended is the Discovery And,
of course, there is K-State football and basketball!
Fancy Creek trails are about 6 miles, but you can connect with the Randolph SP North and South loops for an additional 20+
miles if you have a whole day. Fancy Creek trails are the most technical in the area.  What takes 35 min to ride at the River Trails
can take over an hour (for a practiced rider) at Fancy Creek, with single track, ravines, woods, major climbs, boulder fields (BIG
ones).  Across the bridge at Randolph SP (my favorite is the South Loop), trails have all the climbs and great ST without the
boulder fields.  Scenery is great and so is the work out.  Best to go clockwise (for elevation and boulder gardens).

The Track:
Fancy Creek Trails are mostly hard packed, some sand and some loose dirt--and the boulders, oh the boulders.   This trail is
easier to run or hike than it is to bike.  

Weather/Seasonal considerations:  Very protected from wind/sun.  Will dry up relatively quick after rain.  But please no riding if
the mud is accumulating on your tires--foot traffic only then. Beautiful winter trail running with yaktracks, here is when the
boulders help you with traction!  Wear bug and tick spray in the summer--they are thick.

Permission/Permit to Use:    Day use permits are enforced (self pay) unless you have a State Park sticker.  

Useage:  
Pet friendly, but not wheel chair or stroller accessible.   The Randolph SP trails are open to equestrian use, so please remember
etiquette when meeting a horse rider (if biking, get off your bike and off the trail while horse passes).  These trails get a decent
amount of use for hiking, biking, running and wildlife viewing, but you are usually lucky to see one other person all day.

How to get there:
There are several trail heads, easiest is turn right off of HWY 77 just past the town of Randolph onto CR 378, don't take the 1st
entrance into Fancy Creek park, instead take your next left (just before the bridge).  Once in the park, take your 1st paved road that
veers to the right and park at the end.  

Drinks, food and bathroom:  
Water refills and vault toilets at the trail head, but you will want a snack and drink to get you thru the trail . Gas/convenience store
in Randolph has great soft serve ice cream!  Favorite restaurant nearby:  Nelson's Landing (Leonardville, KS)

MAPS:  Trail Map  Driving Directions

What else is there to do?
Camping at Randolph or Fancy Creek SP, kayaking/canoeing the "headwaters" or end your paddle trip here on the Big Blue R (if
the water is high enough (
check water levels here first).
7.  School Creek ORV and Arboretum, Wakefield KS
COMING SOON!
Coming soon--information on these trails:
Rock Springs
Tuttle Creek and River Pond Trails
Konza Prairie Trail
Bluffs Trail, Junction City
and THEN SOME:  Other trails in the area
2014 LA Races/Events
Team Building Events
Orienteering/Nav Clinic
Break Up Adventure Race
Orienteering/Nav Clinic
Sunflower State Games AR
Women's Retreat (WOW)
"O" Challenge

2014 Calendar of Heartland
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