The gorgeous Kansas terrain, which seamlessly flows from graciously sprawling prairies to gently rolling hills speckled with brightly colored wildflowers and towering trees, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. And despite being the state’s second largest city, Overland Park is filled with opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty, excitement and adventure of nature.
The more than 300 acres of the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens includes nearly five miles of hiking trails that wind through the lush, year-round environmental preserve. The trail can get challenging along the limestone bluffs, but a half-mile asphalt “country road” trail is also available for those who want to enjoy a more leisurely stroll.
Dense woods and winding creeks contribute to the picturesque scenery of Deer Creek Golf Club, a championship course designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Surrounded by nature, it’s easy to forget you’re in the heart of the city, but Deer Creek Golf Club is minutes away from accommodations, shopping and dining.
Prefer the scenic route? You’ll love the Indian Creek Hike and Bike Trail, which starts in Kansas City and continues more than 25 miles, including through the heart of Overland Park. The asphalt paths are ideal for hiking, biking and skating—and because they’re mostly shaded, the trail is a great recreation option even during the hot summer months.
Other nearby recreation destinations include Adventure Zip KC, a zip line and adventure park that lets you soar 65 feet above the ground; Antioch Park, complete with ponds, a rose garden, playground and a stepping stone path that lets kids literally walk on water; Snow Creek, a winter sports destination (no mountains required!); and Swope Park, Kansas City’s largest park and home to Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, the Kansas City Zoo, Swope Park Disc Golf Course, a swimming pool and more.
Where will your outdoor adventure begin?