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    26001 W 255th St. Paola, KS 66071

    • Saddle Ridge Equestrian Area
      • Length - 48 miles of trails
      • Terrain - Natural
      • Difficulty level – Moderate
      • Usage – Horseback Riding
      • You can hike, bike, or many enjoy riding their horses starting at the Saddle Ridge Horse Camp area. You can observe native plants, the view of the lake in some places, and may even see some native wildlife. There are four different loops of trail systems: NW blue trail, SE red trail, SW red trail, and the Outlet blut loop. Vehicle permits are required for entry.
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    • ADA Hike/Bike Trail
      • Length - 5 Miles
      • Terrain - Paved
      • Difficulty level – Easy
      • Usage – Walking, Mountain Biking
  • Modern Cabins
    Primitive Cabins
    Primitive Campsites
    Electric and Water Hookups
    Full Hookups

    Exploring one of the 28 Kansas State Parks provides visitors an opportunity to see the natural beauty of this amazing state. The state parks system includes a rail trail, historic structures and events.

    • White-tailed deer
    • Wild turkey
    • Barred owls
    • Whip poor wills
    • Bald eagles
    • Pelicans
    • Gulls
  • The Hillsdale Shooting Range and Training Facility includes a 100-yard rifle range, a 200-yard range, a 50-yard pistol range and a trap/skeet shooting range. hillsdalerange.org

    • 26719 Toe Rd
    • (913) 259-3105

    Possibly the finest public shooting range in Kansas is just a short drive south of the Kansas City area in Hillsdale State Park. The range offers state of the art safety measures, trained supervision, and on-going maintenance and cleaning. The facility has 100 and 200-yard ranges…

    • Crappie
    • Walleye
    • Channel catfish
    • Largemouth bass
  • Trails

    • ADA Hike/Bike Trail
      • Length - 5 Miles
      • Terrain - Paved
      • Difficulty level – Easy
      • Usage – Walking, Mountain Biking
  • Jayhawk Marina - Hillsdale Lake

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    Paola Downtown Square

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    Edgerton Community Museum

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    Gardner Historical Museum

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    Gardner Junction Park

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    Louisburg Cider Mill

    Visit our Country Store year-round for apple cider, Lost Trail craft soda, fresh cider donuts, unique gifts, custom gift baskets and more!…

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    About Kansas State Parks

    Kansas State Parks


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