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Kansas is extremely proud of their National Recreation Trails, including the Perry Lake Trail. Volunteers under the direction of the Kansas Trails Council all of the maintenance on the trail, which is managed by the Corps of Engineers. The 30-mile trail traverses much of the historic Old Military trail from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Riley. This Perry Lake Trail is unique in its historic value, but it also distinctive in its geologic and topographic aspects. It is located in the northeast part of Kansas, which is the western edge of the eastern hardwoods. The trail runs through rolling hills and oak-hickory forest as well as open, native grasslands (designated 2006).

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Sorry for the last minute notice (our attention had been focused on the 40th Anniversary celebration)..we have a trail maintenance outing this coming weekend. We'll most likely end up working a part of Section 2 near Lakewood Hills OR Section 1 near Apple Valley Farm, but decision will be made on site that day. More details can be found here:…/perry-lake-hiking-trail…

We'll be working on improving part of this 30-mile trail. Bring a lunch, water, and bow saws or loppers if you have them (we do have extra). Weather postponement date is March 24. We will be meeting at 9:15 am at the Ferguson Road Trail Access on...

On Perry Lake Hiking Trail's 40th Anniversary, a Special Thank You to a couple of our volunteers. Thanks, Dave, for your efforts over the last 12 years as Trail Coordinator working with the Corps, volunteers, scouts, and others to keep our trail in great shape. And Thanks, Denise, for all your work to bring a whole new group of active outdoors people to our trail, enjoying good times spent together and the joys of outdoor activities. The efforts of you both are very much appreciated!

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Yesterday we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the PERRY LAKE TRAIL with 2 guided hikes, lunch and time around the Campfire. Dirty Girl Adventures hosted the event and made a donation of $1080 for future maintenance. Thank you to all who contributed to the fund!!

Thank you to everyone who visited the event and to all those who have contributed to the Trail for the last 40 years!!!

If you haven't been out, get out there!

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Thank you Dave, Steve, Geoff, Alex, Elliot and Derrick for all your help yesterday clearing the park road at Old Military Trail! A bitter cold day, starting at 10 degrees, but it looks much much better thanks to your efforts. Good work!

The volunteer groups that help maintain the 29-mile Perry Lake Hiking Trail are celebrating its 40th year as a National Recreation Trail on March 3rd (all day, starting 8am).

The formal event is organized by DGA. Participants can contact DGA ( to sign up for guided hikes/meals OR do a self-guided hike at no cost. In either case, please drop by our information tables to learn more about Perry Lake Trail, our volunteer team and other area inform...ation.

Some information on hand will include:
* Maps of Perry Lake Hiking Trail, and first-hand information on different parts of the trail, access points, distances, terrain, current conditions
* History of Perry Lake Hiking Trail and some of the visionaries that helped bring it to fruition
* Experts in trail building, trail maintenance and a showcase of some of the tools we use to keep Perry Trail open for hikers
* Preventive tips for pests and poisonous plants (and maybe even some free samples!)
* Learn about geocaching; there are many geocaches on or near the trail. New to geocaching? We'll help you get started with this family activity.
* How to get involved and help support Perry Lake Hiking Trail

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Sat 8:00 AM CSTPerry Lake Hiking TrailPerry, KS
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Perry Lake Hiking Trail is maintained by volunteers. Many regular volunteers come to us via Sierra Club, Kansas City Outdoor Club, Dirty Girl Adventures and Kansas Trails Council. We have some maintenance equipment provided by Kansas Trails Council and from a generous donation by Cabelas. Our largest expenses are currently equipment maintenance and fuel. Donations to help cover these expenses are always appreciated and can be sent to Kansas Trails Council's Friends of Trails program.

KTC Membership The KTC’s members are trail enthusiasts with varied interests. Our members are hikers, runners, mountain bikers or equestrians. Many of our members also devote considerable time to designing, building or maintaining trails in Kansas. If you enjoy using … Continue reading →

The current GPS record for Perry Lake Hiking Trail can be found here.

Perry Trail trail - Thompsonville, Kansas (United States) Tracklog

Merry Christmas! Section 4 is DONE! Cleared from end to end...all 7 miles. Mile post 22 also set, so there shouldn't be any mile markers missing anymore.

Some recent pictures of clearing along Section 4, near the Audubon area. The trail has been cleared this Fall from about Mile 22.3 (just south of 82nd Street) to Slough Creek Park. Enjoy a nice winter hike near Audubon, near Ferguson Road, and/or near Slough Creek Park!

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Another beautiful day at Perry. No wind. Calm waters. Another half mile or so cleared on the north end of section 4, near mile post 22. Lots of chainsaw work clearing downed trees.

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More clearing on section 4 yesterday. Cleared in the vicinity of Audubon area (74th street) and north just beyond mile post 23. Also set mile post 23, which has been missing for years.

It's a great winter hike from Slough Creek Park to Audubon, or vice versa. All of this section has been cleared this fall. Please let us know if any trees have fallen on the trail here, or in other areas.

Another beautiful day at Perry on the trail! Section 4 cleared between mile 24 and mile 25. The trail is clear from Audubon to Slough Creek Park. Come out and enjoy! (Weather permitting we'll do some clearing on 12/9, 10am, at Audubon. Any and all are welcome to join.)

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After all these years mile post 25 has been placed! Mile markers 1 thru 18, and 26 thru 29 were installed between 2003 and 2006. This one was missing until now.

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This beast of an oak proves that even a dead tree can have a little fight left in it. The 200 pound section that was removed briefly wedged two chainsaws before finally giving way.

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