Blue River Nature Trail –
The Blue River Nature Trail offers trekkers the opportunity to observe three distinct ecosystems within a short walk: riparian, forest, and wetland. Waterfowl, turtles, beavers, songbirds, and the occasional Bald Eagle are just a few of the animals that call the BRT home.
Location: This trail is located in Outlet Park, near Shelter #3. From Manhattan, KS take Tuttle Creek Blvd. (US 24) north approximately 5 miles. Turn right into Outlet Park, staying to the left onto River Pond Road. Follow the road around the outlet basin (‘tubes’). The trail is at the back of the Shelter #3 parking lot. A map is located at the trailhead.
Distance: ½ mile
Type: loop (open to non-motorized use, no horses)
Surface: woodchips and dirt
Ecosystem: Riparian, forest and wetland with some meadows.
Features: Trailside exhibits, river views, wildlife viewing opportunities, great for kids! Water, restrooms, and a playground located near trailhead.