The Kanopolis State Park is a gem hidden away in Kansas. Here, you and your furry friend will see natural beauty in the form of sandstone bluffs, a canyon, and beautiful hills. The park is full of hiking trails for you and your dog to traverse and thousands of acres of land and water for you to view and discover.
The trails for you and your tail wagging friend to explore range in distance from half a mile to just over eight miles. You two can explore multi-use trails that are for hiking, biking, and equestrians, or you can find a trail just for hikers. Watch where you hike, as some trails are not open year-round while others are.
Consult the official website or a park ranger to find out what trails are open when you visit. Some trails designated for solely foot traffic include the Wildlife Viewing Area Trail and the Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail, both under one mile long. These two trails are ADA accessible but require a permit.
If you're up for an overnight adventure, there is camping near the trails, but plan in advance, because that, too, requires a permit. The park's campgrounds range in a variety of accommodations, from rustic to cabin camping. There are over 200 bare-bones campsites as well as 119 campsites with electric hookups and/or showers.
There are also six cabins at Kanopolis State Park, which are ADA friendly but not dog-friendly, so you and your pup will have to ruff it at the other campsites. Whether you're on a trail or resting at a campsite, make sure your pooch is always on a leash no longer than six feet.
Your furry friend can never be left unattended, and you should always immediately pick up after your dog, whether you two are on a five-mile hike or just lounging around the campfire. Pack enough plastic poop bags for your dog during your trip and enough water, too. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas or on beaches.