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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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  • 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 »
  • Elk City State Park has some of the best hiking and biking trails in Kansas. There are many great trails with varying degrees of difficulty and length which can accommodate families with young...  more »
  • It was a very beautiful park the reason I give it a 4 star and not a 5 because I think because of the rain we saw in the past m month they haven't yet cleaned up because there was way too many SPIDERS ALLOT. And some of the good hiking it's not advertise. The most advertise was my least the least advertise was to me the best plus if the trails was a little bit more clearer lol who stays on them anyways but if you bringing family and wife demands that we stay on the straight and narrow don't want her to get mad if I tell her I think this is the way lol
  • The lake is gorgouse and calming not clearly marked out but staff was wonderful and friendly. Camps grounds were tidy and clean short if small for a pull along. Public bathrooms with HOT showers.
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