This Hillsdale State Park is an overwhelming 12,000 acres of beautiful park and nature to explore with your furry friend. The park also includes 4,500 of water and there are 51 miles of shoreline for you fish. If you and your furry friend want to take in some beautiful views of nature, you can expect to see some wildlife native to the area.
You can expect to find beavers, rabbits, deer, bobwhite quail, bald eagles, sparrows, or hawks. The park has over 30 miles of equestrian trails and five miles of trails designated for hikers. The Hidden Spring Nature Trail is for hikers and bikers only and is 1.5 miles in distance. The State Park Trail is 3 miles long and is also for hikers and bikers only.
The Saddleridge Multi-Use Trails are for hikers, bikers, and equestrians and meets ADA accessibility requirements. These trails total over 40 miles. You can download your own map online or pick one up when you get to the park to plan your hike. Whichever trail you and your four-legged friend choose, make sure you follow the leave no trace rule, as outlined in the park brochure.
Carry enough plastic poop bags with you so if your dog goes to the bathroom, you can clean it up and take it with you, leaving no trace either of you was there. The park advises you to pay attention to the weather; if it's been raining, you might want to stay off the trails as they will be very muddy. Also, make sure your dog is always on a leash no longer than six feet, he is never left alone, and that you don't stray off the marked trails.
There are also 200 campsites of varying accommodations, some with electricity, some without, and bathrooms and showers are open during the warmer months. When you enter the park, make sure your car or truck has a day-use permit. You can purchase an annual permit for $15.50 per vehicle registration at the time you register your car. Ask for the Kansas State Parks Passport, which is only available at the county treasurer's office.