Shawnee Mission Park South Shore Trail

Lenexa, KS
Length: 6.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Shawnee Mission Park is a 1,600-acre park featuring a 120-acre lake and a variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Activities range from fishing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming, archery, disc golf, hiking, mountain biking and more. South Shore Trail is 6.5 miles long from end to end and consists of three separate loops that are connected at various points near three parking lots and passes close to an off-leash dog area. Or you can park at each lot and do that corresponding loop for a shorter hike. The trail is flat but rocky in areas, so wear sturdy shoes and watch the littles in case they trip. Dogs are allowed on the trail but keep them on them as it’s a moderately trafficked trail. Carry bug spray in the summer as there are lots of mosquitoes and ticks on the trail. After a rain, the trails get very muddy so unless you want to trudge through some thick mud, you might consider turning back and trying another day. 

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 282 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, and Shelter

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

If you choose to do the entire 6.5-mile distance, park at either Shelter 8 or the large Walnut Grove lot. If you choose to do a shorter distance, the West Loop at Shelter 8 is .7 mile; the East Loop at Walnut Grove is 2.85 miles; and the center loop – connecting from the parking lot at the off-leash dog area – is 1 mile long. Another option if you want to do the entire trail but don’t want to backtrack is to have a second car park at the other end and go back to get your car after you finish your hike.

Trail Contributor

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Vong lives in the Central Midwest and attempts adulting with her husband to raise three energetic Munchkin-sized power houses. She’s a hiking enthusiast and grammar geek.