Nature Walks

Logo for the 50 Plus DepartmentExplore the great outdoors with an Adventure Walk or Nature Outing.  All outings depart from Antioch Park; we provide transportation.  Cancellations for refunds must be received 7 days before the scheduled hike.  Staff will determine if weather conditions are suitable for hiking.  Please bring your own water bottle.  Lunch and/or treat costs for all nature programs are on your own.  Please note if a sack lunch is required or if the group will be dining at a restaurant.  Costs vary based on distance to destination, length of tour, entry fees, guide fees, and staffing needs.  Please register at least one week prior to departure.  A Nature Walk Activity Level Key is also included below.  

Click on the activity number to register online or call our Registration department at 913-831-3359 or 
913-831-3342 TDD (service for hearing impaired).

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Participants on a nature walk through wooded area.
two women standing on a trail in the woods
Participants on a nature walk through wooded area.

Adventure Walks

Find your favorite trails all over the region!   We provide transportation and a lunch reservation at a local restaurant close to our destination. Lunch costs on your own. Depart from Antioch Park. Return times vary. Inclement weather date is the following week. Staff will determine if weather conditions are suitable for hiking. Please bring your own water bottle. Please register at least one week prior to departure.

Hillsdale State Park
Located between Paola and Spring Hill, head on down to this reservoir known for fishing, hiking, and viewing wildlife! Pack a lunch to eat after the hike. 

This trail is labeled as moderate (natural or paved trail with elevation changes and variety of terrain). Recommended for participants with good balance and experience on nature trails. Use of hiking boots and walking sticks optional.
1 - 4 hr. outing - $25 / $27 nonresidents

34001    Antioch Park      Moderate      3/8    Fri    10 am      


Perry State Park
After a hike on the trails at this state park in Topeka, enjoy lunch at The Burger Stand in Lawrence, Kan. If time allows, we will explore downtown Lawrence.  Lunch costs on your own.

This trail is labeled as moderate (natural or paved trail with elevation changes and variety of terrain). Recommended for participants with good balance and experience on nature trails. Use of hiking boots and walking sticks optional.
1 - 5 hr. outing - $25 / $27 nonresidents   

34002    Antioch Park      Moderate      3/26    Tue    9 am


Lake Olathe
Explore a large variety of plants and animals at this beautiful park. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the park. 
1 - 3 hr. outing - $20 / $22 nonresidents

34003    Antioch Park      Easy      4/10    Wed    10 am


Loose Park & Country Club Plaza
This historical park contains a rose garden, a lake, and 75 acres of land. We will then walk around the Country Club Plaza and have lunch at the Classic Cup Cafe. Lunch costs on your own.
1 - 4 hr. outing - $20 / $22 nonresidents

34005    Antioch Park      Easy      4/26    Fri    9 am

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Nature Walk Activity Level Key:

E= Easy (Smooth, even trail with slight elevation increases). 

  •  Trails are typically paved or packed earth with few roots, rocks or obstructions.
  •  Trails are typically wide and well maintained.
  •  Inclines, overall, will be minimal and gradual.
  •  Trail examples: Prairie Spirit Trail, Gary L. Haller Trail, Loose Park

M= Moderate (Natural or paved trail with elevation changes and variety of terrain) Recommended for participants with good balance, experience on nature trails. Use of hiking boots and walking sticks optional.

  • Trails are paved, packed earth or more rugged.
  • Trails can vary in width and level of maintenance.
  • Inclines can be steep along the trail.
  • Trail examples: Konza Prairie Trail, Watkins Mill, Katy Trail

D= Difficult (Natural trail with potentially steep elevation changes and a variety of terrain) Recommended for participants with good balance, experience on hiking trails, good endurance and high level of comfort in the outdoors. Use of hiking boots and/or walking sticks recommended.

  • Trails are typically packed earth or more rugged.
  • Trails can be narrow and require good balance and visual acuity.
  • Inclines can be steep and require the use of hands to steady (on natural objects or with poles).
  • Trail examples: Indian Cave State Park, Van Meter State Park

Cancellation Policy:

Pre-paid ticket costs and a $5 processing fee will be deducted from cancellation refunds.   Within seven days of trip, cancellations are non-refundable.  Staff will determine if weather conditions are suitable for hiking.  

man and woman hiking through the woods
Group of people viewing wildflowers