Kaw River Trail

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Trail Distance: 4 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Limited
Description

Located in lovely Lawrence, the Kaw River Trail is a nationally recognized trail that follows the Kansas River. Locals affectionately call the Kansas River the "Kaw," a nickname from days past that has stuck, and which gave this trail its name decades ago. Today, the trail is called the Lawrence River Trail, and is used by hikers, bikers, and of course, dogs!

While the Lawrence River Trail in its entirety spans 8 miles along the river, the section once called the Kaw River Trail runs for 4 miles through Riverfront Park in the north end of the city. Begin this pawtastic hike at the intersection of N. 2nd Street and Locust Street, where there's a parking area at the southeast corner. From here, you can pick up the Kaw River Trail/Lawrence River Trail via a small spur trail that takes you south, then heads north through Riverfront Park along the main path. 

As you and your pup travel this trail through Riverfront Park, you can enjoy the "Kaw" River to your left, and abundant flora and fauna all around. The park is home to animals such as Canadian Geese, wood ducks, quail and several other species of birds that forage and find homes among the park's 120 acres of native grasses, trees and shrubs. The park also houses such furbulous amenities as a disc golf course, picnic areas, boat ramps and river access, and a dog park! While your pup needs to stay leashed along the trail, you can stop at the off-leash dog park to give your pup some freedom.

The Kaw River Trail/Lawrence River Trail ends at the main road into the park off of N 1800 Road, which also leads to a boat ramp. There are 6 more miles of trails throughout the park if you are looking for a longer walk. Be sure to bring water to share, and clean-up bags.

You can also explore the other 4 miles of the Lawrence River Trail that leads southeast from the parking area at N. 2nd Street and Locust Street. This path will take you through Walnut Park, and then into the Lawrence Riverfront Park, and beyond. Once you hit the main access road to the latter park, you can either go straight along the trail that ends at Alexander Road, or head down the access road to the loop trails that run closer to the river. Either way, your pup is sure to be tuckered out after this adventure!

Trail Features
River, Easy Incline, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Address
N. 2nd St and Locust St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Hours
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Address
N. 2nd St and Locust St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset