Trails an inexpensive way to exercise
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.