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Observation Point Nature Trail

Observation Point Nature Trail

The Observation Point Nature Trail explores the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.  Trailside exhibits highlight components of habitat along the trail.  The OPT is perfect for kids and persons looking for a short walk thru mature grass stands.  Don’t forget to check out the overlook which provides a commanding view of the lake, dam, and surrounding Flinthills!

Location: This trail is located at the Observation Point.  From Manhattan, KS take Tuttle Creek Blvd. (US 24) north approximately 5 miles.  Turn right onto K-13 Hwy towards the dam.  Take the first left onto Tuttle Cove Road (897), then an immediate right into Observation Point.  The trailhead is located near the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.

Distance: 1 mile

Type: loop (open to non-motorized use, no horses)

Rating: easy

Terrain: flat to moderate slope

Surface: mowed grass and some gravel

Ecosystem: tallgrass prairie

Features: Trailside exhibits, lake and dam views, wildlife viewing opportunities, great for kids!  No water available.