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Elk City State Park, Independence

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Elk City State Park is a state park in Montgomery County, Kansas, United States, located west of Independence.

The 857-acre (347 ha) park is adjacent to the 4,500-acre (1,800 ha) Elk City Reservoir and the 12,000-acre (49 km2) Elk City Wildlife Area. The reservoir offers fishing opportunities for channel catfish, white bass, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and saugeye. The Wildlife Area offers a chance to view white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, cottontail, gray squirrel, prairie chicken, beaver, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, mink and muskrat.

A nationally recognized trails system allows visitors to take in a variety of flora and fauna. The Green Thumb Nature Trail at the Timber Road campground is a one-mile loop with a panoramic vista of the lake. The nearby Table Mound Hiking Trail runs 2.75 miles (4.43 km) north along the east side of the lake to the scenic overlook at the dam. At the overlook is the 2/3-mile Post Oak Nature Trail. There is also a paved and handicapped accessible 3.3-mile (5.3 km) South Squaw Multipurpose trail. Running outside of the park is the Elk River Hiking Trail, a scenic 15-mile (24 km) route that begins at the west edge of the dam and ends near the U.S. Route 160 bridge on the Elk River.

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  • It has pretty nice hiking and biking trails so i would totally suggest everyone to visit. Just make sure that it is not going to rain the day you visit as this will ruin everything. 
    It has pretty nice hiking and biking trails so i would totally suggest everyone to visit. Just make sure that it is not going to rain the day you visit as this will ruin everything.  more »
  • I liked the one mile hiking trail. It was rated moderate but more like challenging to me. It was uphill, then down, then up again. The park rents canoes, kayaks, has a swimming beach, boat launch... 
    I liked the one mile hiking trail. It was rated moderate but more like challenging to me. It was uphill, then down, then up again. The park rents canoes, kayaks, has a swimming beach, boat launch...  more »
  • The bike trails start at the north side of the dam by the spillway with several sections available for all riding capabilities. The lower section is suitable for beginners and younger riders along... 
    The bike trails start at the north side of the dam by the spillway with several sections available for all riding capabilities. The lower section is suitable for beginners and younger riders along...  more »
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  • Very nice place. The lake is beautiful. It was too hot when we visited to get too far into the trails, but we plan to return. The bathrooms were kind of gross and the trees were overgrown around the lookout areas making it hard to see anything other than treetops.
  • Nice place to bring family and kids. Multiple hiking trails and fishing opportunities. Unable to see the milky way though. Too much light from independence. Overall nice place to spend the weekend.
  • Beautiful campsites, especially the ones with electric hookups right by the lake! Easy access to the water for swimming and boating. A few hiking trails. Showers, flush toilets, and laundry are available. Be mindful that sites closest to the lake have little to no shade/trees.
  • Amazing trails and lots of them. When someone told me that this trails are rated among the best ones I wasn't sure. I picture most of Kansas flat and boring in my mind, but I was really surprised by this great trails.
  • My husband of 40 years went here when he was in High School, years before I married him. He had such fond memories of the hiking, I wanted to go with him more than 45 years later. We had such a wonderful time there.

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