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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)

Rating: easy

Terrain: flat

Surface: woodchips and dirt

Text Box: Wayside exhibit at Blue River Trailhead

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.

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