Chisholm Creek Park Trail and the Great Plains Nature Center

The Chisholm Creek Park Trail is located in East Wichita right off of highway K-96. It is quite the dichotomy of nature and city.

Stairs off of the main paved path.
Stairs off of the main paved path.

There are two easy access entrances; one off of Oliver and the other off of 29th Street (near Woodlawn). The 29th Street entrance also leads you to the Great Plains Nature Center, which is free to visit (donations appreciated) and has restrooms and some really cool exhibits (the barn owls will make your head explode with their cuteness). The park is open dawn to dusk.

Deer near the water.
Deer near the water.
Oh Deer!
Oh Deer!

This is an exceptionally popular trail, and rightly so! I regularly see “professionals” taking a lunchtime stroll and families taking photographs here, but it’s not so busy that you can’t relax and enjoy the surroundings. Okay, you can *still* hear the highway traffic from K-96, but you could perhaps think of it like the Kansas equivalent to ocean waves. Yeah, bad analogy… never mind.

Momma duck and ducklings.
Momma duck and ducklings.

Even though Chisholm Creek Park Trail is in the city, the park is full of plains wildlife. Deer, birds, fish, turtles, and the biggest grasshoppers I’ve ever seen, are plentiful. This park has multiple paved trails as well as a few “off the path” trails which are badass.

Uprooted tree off of one of the dirt paths.
Uprooted tree off of one of the dirt paths.

Here is a map of Chisholm Creek Park Trail:

Chisholm Creek Park Map
Chisholm Creek Park Map

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