Fancy Creek State Park

4.09 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
One review on another site says this is "...definitely the best (trail) west of Perry Lake and all the way to Colorado...". It is honest-to-goodness technical singletrack that one would not generally expect to find in Kansas. As a Colorado native and resident I was reminded of home on several portions of this trail; switchbacks, loose rocky descents, quick abrupt climbs, rock gardens, ledges, and multiple water crossings. The trail offers something for everyone from Beginner to Advanced.
Recommend taking the "north" trailhead from the parking lot (eg: heading counterclockwise along the loop). One will jog through a dense and twisty cedar forest which eventually gives way to lush green "valleys" and water crossings in the lower lying areas. Expect some mud, rock gardens, and tall ledges. At about 4 miles you will climb a loose rocky section that takes you up to the surrounding plateau with great views of Tuttle Reservoir to the east. Descend back down through some more forest and come out at the other end of the parking lot. Along the trail you'll see markers indicating distance. Though rare, depending on trail maintenance, the lower areas may be covered by high grass and growth making it difficult to see the trail in spots. At roughly midpoint the trail branches, choose left to stay on the loop. The trail also crosses the narrow road leading to/from the Fancy Creek Campground in two spots. Watch for cars and drivers not used to seeing bikers. Also, might be wise to check for ticks after the ride based on personal experience...
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

June 18, 2017
leoncycles Granny Gear  
Review: June 2017, Rode the trail today, after I found it! I drove around a campground and saw a sign for a mtb trail. It was so overgrown on that particular spur, that someone less experienced wouldn't have gone on looking for the clues for the rest of the trail. Once I got to the 'main' trail it was better defined, but a lot of areas were a trail in the same vein as the trail in "Romancing the Stone". Challenges are climbs and rock gardens, and being able to machete your way through lowlands. In all seriousness, I would like to come back and help trim the trail up, it would be a pretty nicely done trail. I think opening it up would make it a bit more 'flowy' because you'd be able to see where the trail is. I'll be back in October, anyone to get ahold of to do trail maintenance? or can I just go do it myself?


Granny Gear

June 22, 2017
LynnJack16 Granny Gear  
Review: Hello~ There is a facebook group dedicated to coordinating trail maintenance around Manhattan: (Manhattan Trail Works). They have group work days and are willing to loan out the tools if you just want to go it alone on your own schedule. They were actually just at Fancy Creek this last weekend.

Granny Gear

March 23, 2016
Review: Pretty nice trail. Not as flowy as what im used to but florida is way different from kansas. Closest and deffintly most exciting trail near ft. Riley

Granny Gear

August 16, 2015
lfulmer35 Granny Gear  
Review: By far the most technical trail in the area. Definitely a few experts problems along the trail.


November 22, 2014
Review: I would rank this as an intermediate for a majority of the trail. Although there are a handful of tricky technical parts that will challenge anyone. After riding both directions of the loop I would recommend going counterclockwise for less climbing and more downhill. Lots of rocks and roots throughout the trail. Definitely one of the more challenging trails around.

Granny Gear

May 4, 2014
Review: This was our first ride at this trail. the trail is in very good condition. There are a few spots where the rocks are all but impossible to navigate. However, even pushing through a few spots and up a few tough short climbs doesn't take away from the overall good experience of the trail.


December 2, 2013
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Wow! What a shock to find this little gem on the Kansas Prairie! Rocks, rocks, and more rocks--usually at odd angles and laying before you a major challenge of just picking a line, let alone riding it all clean. The climbs are short, but steep and some of the quick descents run straight down the fall line. Not much flow in most places, more like a trials type ride, but all doable by a confident rider with good balance. Also adding to the fun is that this trail is in deep, dark woods, making you completely forget the hundreds of miles of flat, treeless prairie which surround you. Along with Switchgrass, this is one of Kansas' two "must rides."

Bunny Hop

December 13, 2012
Review: This trail is everything it claims to be and more! A super technical system, host to multiple rock gardens, steep inclines, and big ledges, this system is a technical dream. Only a few places to really get speed, so if you are a lover of huge speed like I am, this trail will disappoint. Not a bad rating at all though because it doesn't claim to be for speed.

I will definitely be getting a bit more practice before heading back to hit this again, but it was thoroughly enjoyed :)

Granny Gear

September 5, 2011
mtphs Granny Gear  
Review: Went to Manhattan for a football game, we brought the bikes just for the heck of it. I wont lie, I was blown away by the quality of this trail. I was expecting a joke and this one is moderately technical. I ride the Colorado Trail between BV and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs nearly daily after work and was kind of joking on the way to the trail head....this has to be one of the best trails in midwest. Only downfall is tons of large spiders and pretty short.

Bunny Hop

May 27, 2010
markgowan Bunny Hop  
Review: This is a great trail! I live in Colorado, and it was nice doing this trail because the climbs (yes there are climbs) were less, were shorter, but still got you huffing! Scenery was great; layout was great; there was enough technical to keep it interesting. I recommend doing the trail in both directions for very different experiences. Issues: chiggers and ticks, and the trail is short.

Granny Gear

March 9, 2010
rockie08 Granny Gear  
Review: im no pro but i this trail put me on the map for riding every where i go, too short to be better than colorado but i would probaly say just as technical. best trail in kansas period.

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