Overland Park Arboretum - Southern Loop Tour
ElevationAscent: 168' 51 m
Descent: -168' -51 m
High: 990' 302 m
Low: 907' 276 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A very popular and well maintained South Overland Park trail.”— Kim Pearse
The Bad - popular destination so avoid weekends if you like the solitude of a solo run.
The Ugly - OK, nothing on this trail is ugly; as a matter of fact the area from the parking lot to the Sculpture Loop is nicely landscaped with flowers and any trail you choose will be a fantastic walk in the flora and fauna of eastern Kansas.
The walks immediately west and south of the visitor center are paved and designed to be handicapped accessible. There are eight distinct garden areas on the westward leg of this paved route, each with unique settings and plant types. A 3/8 mile asphalt loop south of the visitor center winds through the trees allowing access to the sculpture garden with 30 unique sculptures to enjoy.
Access the Cottonwood Trail from this asphalt loop, about midway around on the southern side. The trails from this point on are all wood mulch covered and are wide. After crossing Wolf Creek the trail splits. To the right is Bluff Loop. To the left is Rocky Ridge Trail. They meet on the far west end of the Park so they form a complete loop. Taking either one will get you back to the split at the bridge over Wolf Creek. Water coolers are stationed along the trail in a few places.
Runners and walkers only on these trails, with no bikes or equestrians allowed.
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Land Manager: Johnson County Parks and Recreation District