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May 03

Your Guide to Manhattan Outdoors

Posted on May 3, 2020 at 11:49 AM by Tarra Rotstein

Manhattan has a unique landscape that lends well to fun outdoor activities for everyone. You can enjoy adventures like hiking, biking, golfing and paddling in the gateway to the Flint Hills.


Grab your bike and a water bottle and enjoy one of the many trails Manhattan has to offer. Manhattan and Kansas State University are both recognized as bronze-level bicycle friendly community and university, by the League of American Bicyclists.


Big Blue River Trail is a 5.5 mile trail along the river, the packed surface through wooded area with switchbacks, drops a few jumps and challenging obstacles along the trail make for an exciting adventure.


Fancy Creek State Park at Tuttle Creek Lake offers 6 miles of challenging terrain, one of Kansas’s best mountain bike trails.


Hudson Trail is a 1 mile bike trail near Cico Park, perfect for the beginner or a young family.


Linear Trail takes bikers along a picturesque path from west side’s Annenberg Park, back to the city’s east side and Northeast Community Park along Knox Lane.


Find Manhattan’s Bike Map here and more information from the city on bicycles.


Lace up a pair of sneakers and grab the family to go for a walk in one of Manhattan parks or on the trails. Manhattan’s rolling hills will keep you in awe as you hike.


Parks that you can bring your dog on leash, include; Anneberg Park Perimeter Trail, Bluemont Scenic Overlook, Cico Park Trail, Clarenburg Trail, Fancy Creek Mountain Bike Trail, Hudson Trail, Northeast Community Park Trail, Linear Park, Randolph State Park, Warrner Park Trails, Washington Marlatt Park Trails, and Western Heritage Trail. Find all of the trails here


The Konza Prairie has multiple trails with lengths of 1.4, 4.5 and 6 miles. The trail allows hikers to view the scenic Flint Hills. Dogs are not permitted nor are bicycles, motorcycles or ATVs and swimming in the creek is not allowed, be sure to stay on the path as the Konza is a research facility.  


The terrain of the Flint Hills region offers superb panoramas to excite both the occasional golfer and hard-core, scratch player. Manhattan offers four unique courses for a plethora of play-ability from any golfer’s skillset.


Colbert Hills Golf Course is a PGA-licensed collegiate facility the features 18 holes of Flint Hills landscape.

Manhattan Country Club is a 100 year old course that plays quickly with tight tree-lined fairways, it’s locations makes near the university makes it a unique place to play.

Stagg Hill Golf Course is a municipal course alongside the Kansas River that has several challenging holes.

Wildcat Fitness & Fun is an executive 9-hole course within Anneberg Park with three par-4 holes. If you are just looking for an afternoon of fun for everyone, they also offer mini golf and foot golf.


Boat, paddle, life jacket, food, water, sunscreen and a first aid kit are all the things you need if you are a paddler looking to hit the water.


If you’re a beginner at paddling check out places like the Tuttle River Pond or Pottawatomie State Lake 1 or 2. These bodies of water are usually calm, and allow you to get on and off the water in the same place and you can spend as little or as long as you want on the water here.


More experienced paddlers can check out the North part of Tuttle Creek Lake or the Kansas (Kaw) River for a fun paddling experience. Be sure to visit here to learn where to drop your kayak in.


Manhattan is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with a plethora of outdoor activity options. What is your favorite way to get outside and get moving?


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