2016 Kansas Notable Book award winner
Guidebook on the trails of Kansas along with a companion website on the best of Kansas on and off the trail: kansastrailguide.com
The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State
Jonathan Conard and Kristin Conard
304 pages, 88 color photographs, 97 maps, 6 x 9
Paper ISBN 978-0-7006-2066-1, $24.95(s)
From the windswept plains to the majestic Flint Hills, the subtle beauty of the Sunflower State is best appreciated from its myriad wide-ranging trails. And whether you’re an avid hiker or desultory explorer, a bicyclist or horseback rider, this book makes a most congenial guide. An invaluable companion for exploring new trails or learning about accustomed routes, this comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know (as well as what it might surprise you to learn) about the trails that crisscross Kansas—history and geography, wildlife and scenery, park locations and cultural possibilities, and, now and then, even a bit of geology and botany.
The illustrated guide includes detailed full-color maps, GPS coordinates, and, of course, extensive route descriptions—through historic sights and prairies and state parks, to lakes and rivers and wildlife refuges. The authors identify the best trails for families or going solo; for running or hiking, biking or horseback riding; for hunting wildflowers, encountering wildlife, enjoying scenic vistas, or exploring Kansas history. They also include helpful descriptions of flora and fauna, and historical highlights for each area. Concise, complete, and engaging, this is the guide anyone journeying the trails of Kansas, seasoned hiker and armchair traveler alike, should not be without.
“Kansas holds many hidden treasures in its continually expanding trail system. This book is great for people wanting to explore some of the adventurous and recreational trails our beautiful state has to offer.”—Lyle Riedy, president of the Kansas Trails Council
“Grab your binoculars, camera and lunch, pack up the family, and let the Conards lead you on an adventure. Whether you prefer exploring by foot, bike, or horseback, this extensive guide showcases the best of natural Kansas. You’ll be amazed at what you find!”—Bob Gress, director emeritus of Great Plains Nature Center
“With photos, maps, and detailed descriptions, this book will take you down trails that you’ll never forget. Hike ‘em, bike ‘em, ride a horse on ‘em. Grab this book and get out there.”—Rex Buchanan, director of Kansas Geological Survey
“Whether interested in birding, biking, or bringing friends to discover the local wild places of Kansas, this guide provides helpful details to find and explore Kansas.”—Kelly Kindscher, coauthor of The Nature of Kansas Lands
JONATHAN CONARD is assistant professor at Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas. KRISTIN CONARD is a lecturer at Santa Clara University and the University of Santa Cruz, and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC Travel.