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Five nature getaways to get your hike on near Kansas City

There is more to Kansas City than tall buildings, busy sidewalks and the sounds of city life. If you want a nature get-away close to home, there are plenty of nearby hiking trails to give you a much-deserved break to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Cedar Lake Park, located in Olathe, has over 19 miles of trails with gorgeous scenery that include a waterfall feature. The trails welcome people of all hiking levels, is perfect for people who love photographing nature and also provides fishing areas.

The White Tail Trail at Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a popular three-mile loop, including slow inclines. It’s filled with lush greenery that thrives in spring, a flowing waterfall and a great trail for bird watching. This trail doesn’t allow dogs, but it is great for all ages. This nature sanctuary is a wildlife preserve and educational site with many other features to adventure or learn about while you’re here.

Swope Park, well known by locals, is home to beautiful hiking trails of many different levels. Fox Hollow Trail has rock formations, river features and welcomes dogs. It’s a hidden forest gem that makes you forget you’re still in Kansas City. The trails are shaded by trees, vines, and flowers. Each trail gives you something new and is worth experiencing by yourself or with company.

Kessler Park is a hidden nature surprise located minutes from downtown. It provides you a trail with scenic and river views, majestic bluffs, a fountain and a beautiful hiking experience. This park welcomes hikers, runners and mountain bikers. It’s a great place to walk the trails, enjoy the views or have a picnic with friends.

Eddy-Ballentine Trail, located in Blue River Parkway, is great for all skill levels. The 1.4-mile loop is best used from April until October to see all of the beauty it has to offer. The trees provide you a shaded natural archway above the path, and it’s home to many wildflowers and butterflies. Dogs are welcome on this trail, as long as they are on-leash.

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