Welcome! The volunteers and
organizations involved with the 29-mile Perry Lake Hiking Trail
thank you for taking the time to stop by and learn more about this
outstanding recreational resource located here in Northeast Kansas.
This year, we're proud to celebrate 30 years as part of the National
Recreational Trails system.
Perry Lake Trail is often a surprise for
first time visitors. The trail offers a range of terrain and
difficulty from easy, gentle slopes in the south to rugged, varying
elevation changes in the north. Many folks refer to the Perry
Lake area as the "Little Ozarks". A tribute to the beautiful,
tree-covered hills that characterize the Delaware River
Wildlife is abundant in the area and
lucky hikers are likely to see deer, turkey, waterfowl, reptiles,
small mammals and even the occasional Bald Eagle! There are many
places along the trail that offer scenic views of the lake, with
some portions very close to water's edge. Perry Lake Trail is a short drive from Lawrence, Topeka or
Kansas City. From Topeka or Lawrence, US 24 highway will
take you to Perry, Kansas and just below Perry Dam. From the
town of Perry, the trail area is accessed from various points
along Ferguson Road (see trail
With the exception of a
short along-the-road portion of trail that completes the loop,
Perry Lake Trail is located entirely on Corps of Engineers land.
to view the Corps of Engineers website and additional information
about Perry Lake and Perry Lake Trail. Perry Lake Trail is
designated for hiking only. The Corps website also provides
information about the many other hiking, biking, equestrian and ATV
trails available at Perry Lake.
Help Maintain Perry
We can ALWAYS use your help! If you'd
like to participate in the maintenance and development of this
trail, we would welcome your help! See the Bulletin Board for
upcoming Maintenance Outings.
Perry Lake Trail is maintained and
improved through the efforts of non-profit environmental groups,
outdoor clubs, Eagle Scouts, corporate sponsors, individual
volunteers and a group of dedicated Trailwatcher volunteers who
monitor conditions on the trail, report on problems they find,
provide info to other trail users, organize maintenance crews,
paint blazes and generally keep the trail in good shape. These are
strictly volunteer positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
If you want to help maintain the
trail one time only, or on an ongoing basis, please Contact Us for