There's nothing like a quiet stroll to get you some exercise, refresh your mood, and get you into a more peaceful frame of mind.
You don't need a special location for walks either, but the right environment does enhance the experience. Since March 30th is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, let's take a look at some of the best trails near our Wichita homes for sale.
- Swanson Park - 1011 N. Maize Rd., Wichita, KS 67212
Swanson Park is a beautiful area named after Simon Peter Swanson, a local conservationist whose family farm eventually became part of the park. As much a nature preserve as it is a leisure space, the park's 93 acres include a 1.33-mile nature trail that is perfect for a relaxing walk.
With picnic benches, wide-open fields, and a clear skyline, this is one of the most scenic parks in the Wichita area. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed, so it's a great place to take your canine companion out for an afternoon.
- Pawnee Prairie Horse & Nature Park - 2625 S. Tyler Rd., Wichita, KS 67215
Pawnee Prairie Horse & Nature Park dates back to the 1960s and is the largest park in Wichita. This designated Wichita Wild Habitat area boasts 9 miles of trails, many of which run along the edge of Cowskin Creek.
Much of the park is covered in undeveloped woodlands. This gives you the chance to spot many different wildlife species on your walks, including deer, beavers, and foxes. Keep in mind that you will share the space with many horseback riders, so remain alert! Dogs are allowed but must be leashed at all times to prevent accidents with the horses and wild animals.
- Prairie Sunset Trail - Wichita, KS 67278
Wichita's Prairie Sunset Trail is just one of many interconnected trails built on the remains of old rail corridors across Kansas. It is maintained by the Prairie Travelers, a non-profit group of outdoor enthusiasts and interested residents working on expanding the network of rail-trails in the area.
Located just 5 miles from downtown Wichita, this trail offers a convenient retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. As you walk its winding path, you'll pass by clearings, streams, and farmland that you wouldn't expect to see so close to the urban core. The entire path stretches approximately 15 miles and runs from Garden Plain to South Hoover Road, making it ideal for a long walk.
- Pracht Wetlands Park - 9926 W. 29th St. N, Wichita, KS 67205
The Pracht Wetlands Park was constructed in 2019 to drum up more ecotourism in the area. The park spans around 90 acres and features a short, easy walking trail that spans less than a mile.
Most of the route travels down on elevated walkways that allow you to get a good look at the unique features of a wetland biome. Along the way, you can stop at some of the bird blinds scattered around the park to observe the many migratory birds that pass through the area in the warmer months.
- Chisholm Creek Park - Wichita, KS 67220
Chisholm Creek Park is the crown jewel of the Great Plains Nature Center, one of Kansas' most prized wildlife reserves. This 282-acre park contains 2.5 miles of paved trails, including raised wooden ones that cross over the park's ponds. There is also plenty of wildlife to observe, including geese, turtles, opossums, and other local critters.
All trails are ADA-accessible and easy to traverse, allowing the whole family to enjoy them. Note that dogs are not allowed on the walking trails, though. If you want to bring your furry friend, you'll have to stick to the bike paths on the park's outer perimeter.
With so many excellent spots for walks in Wichita, you'll never have trouble finding a new trail to explore. If that sounds good to you, our real estate agents can help you find the right Wichita home to call your own. Contact us today and get expert help buying or selling homes in this cozy Midwestern city.