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.
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. Overland Park lives up to its name -- there are more than 80 parks in the city. Be sure to check out Thompson Park with the kids, Switzer Park has a skating park, and Roe Park is home to one of the best splash pads in the area.