The Kaw River Trail is a three-mile loop of wooded natural path along the Kansas River. The trailhead starts at the intersection of highways 59, 40, and 24 by the Lawrence Levee. You can park in the Cedar Crest parking lot according to the locals. This is a figure eight loop that includes many different surfaces, from paved and gravel to dirt or mud, depending on the weather. While some consider this to be a moderate trail, others claim that it is easy. However, this all depends on your experience and stamina.
In addition to the Kansas River, you will also see many different points of natural interest such as grassland, prairies, mountains, streams, and even a pond or two. Some sections of the Kaw River Trail may be rocky so be careful and wear proper shoes. Although some hikers state that you can let your dog run off-leash on the trail, it is recommended that you keep them on a leash anyway. The colorful blooms along the way are furfectly gorgeous during the spring and summer.
The Kaw River Trail is mostly shaded by tall, mature trees and although there are no benches on the path, there are some areas where there are boulders big enough to sit on and patches of nice, green grass where you and your pup can take a break or have a picnic.
Be prepared as there are no dog cleanup stations, so you will need to bring your own plastic clean up baggies- it is also a law in the state of Kansas. There's no restrooms or drinking water on the trail, so make sure you bring enough bottled water for both of you. This trail, just outside of the Kaw River Park, is mostly rugged and natural, so you and your dog should be prepared for a good walk. Bring along a camera or use your phone to take some selfies of you and Fido in the beautiful area, amazing wildflowers, and the wildlife you are sure to see while you are there.