Trails an in­ex­pen­sive way to ex­er­cise

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY EMILY PORTER The Man­hat­tan Mer­cury

Though the sum­mer heat can make stay­ing at home on the couch sound invit­ing, getting out for some ex­er­cise is still im­por­tant for long-term health.

Hit­ting the lo­cal trails in and around Man­hat­tan for a quick walk, run or hike can be an in­ex­pen­sive and health-con­scious choice — and a way to spend some time in the cooler parts of the evening or morn­ings this sum­mer, The Man­hat­tan Mer­cury re­ported.

The Man­hat­tan area has 20 trails open to the public, ac­cord­ing to the City of Man­hat­tan’s web­site.

Konza Prairie Bi­o­log­i­cal Sta­tion is ba­si­cally a pre­serve for one of the last re­main­ing swathes of tall­grass prairie in the world.

The area is open to the public and serves as a good amenity for ex­er­cise.

Just re­mem­ber that the prairie is a re­search cen­ter, so any­one walk­ing the trail is ex­pected to stay on the marked trails only. This means no dogs, no lit­ter and no biking, things all clearly marked at the trail­head.

The trail­head be­gins 9 miles away from K-State’s cam­pus. The en­try point is shaded, go­ing over a stream and a creek with two bridges. The path con­tin­ues from there with three op­tions.

Hik­ers can choose to take a 2.5-mile, 4.4mile or 6-mile trail, all of which start and end at the same point. It is worth not­ing that the area is hilly, so go­ing up does mean go­ing down.

The most pop­u­lar spot is an over­look at the top of a long set of stone stairs with a view for miles of the green hills and some spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets. Take a left at the fork and head up a small hill up to a set of steps in the ground which leads to the large hill, where there are big rocks for sit­ting and getting back to reg­u­lar breath­ing pat­terns. The Na­ture Trail, as it’s called, is 2.5 miles.

Con­tin­u­ing to­ward the ra­dio tower, the trail goes to a dif­fer­ent se­ries of hills, lead­ing to the 4.4mile loop, Kings Creek, and the 6-mile loop, God­win Hill.

The trail is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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