US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District

Prairie Fire Trail

In the fall of 2011, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers at Wilson Lake put the finishing touches on the newest trail at Wilson Lake. The Prairie Fire Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail located in Minooka Park that offers visitors either a 2.5 mile loop style trail, or if you prefer shorter distances, opt for the 1.5 mile one-way trail that leads to one of the 2 trailheads. The trail offers a variety of breath taking scenery and several interesting historical stops that include the 1993 tornado damage path and an abandoned campground that has a ghostly appearance. Hikers can also visit several unique natural rock formations and see the effects of prescribed fire on the prairie ecosystem.

Hikers should expect gentle to moderate slopes throughout the mowed trail. It is recommended that hikers bring hiking/walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a cell phone and most importantly, a friend or family member. It is always a good idea to let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone.

Trailheads located on both the east and west sides of the trail are marked with large wood post archways. The east trailhead is the ideal starting point for campers as it is located within walking distance southwest of the main campground.

For more information, please call the Wilson Lake project office at 785-658-2551.