The Flint Hills and Landon Nature Trails and wildlife areas are open to members of the public who follow these regulations. Any persons violating these regulations are considered be guilty of criminal trespass and subject to removal and/or arrest.
- Non-motorized use only. (motorized wheelchairs are allowed)
- No littering
- No fireworks or campfires
- Alcoholic beverages, of any type, are prohibited.
- No hunting or trapping.
- Pets are allowed if leashed at all times.
- All trail property closed from sunset to sunrise.
- Camping not allowed.
All local, state, and federal laws apply on this area. Law enforcement officers are authorized to enter, patrol, and enforce the law as allowed by applicable statues. These trails are authorized under the National Trails Act, 16 U.S.C. §1241 et seq. These trails are part of and in furtherance of a federal program and purpose. Persons unlawfully obstructing this project, or a persons participation, may be guilty of Federal Crimes or Civil Violations under Title 18 and Title 42 of the United States Code.
The following are general rules and regulations for use of the Flint Hills Nature Trail and the Landon Nature Trail:
- Trails are open to foot, bicycle, and horse traffic only.
- No motorized vehicles allowed on trail.
- Open sunrise to sunset.
- Stay on trail; respect private property.
- Keep right, pass on left, warn before passing.
- Dogs must be leashed.
- Dog owners must clean up after pets.
- Do not alter or remove plants or wildlife.
- Respect others; share the trail.
- Bicyclists yield to hikers and horses. Hikers yield to horses.
- Don’t ride the trail if it is wet enough to leave ruts.
- Camping on the trail is not permitted.
- No hunting on the trail.
- Obey all traffic signs.
Both the Flint Hills Nature Trail and the Landon Nature Trail are open to horseback riding as well as walking and biking. For bicyclists and pedestrians unaccustomed to interacting with horses and their riders, here are a few tips and suggestions for safe and pleasant cooperation on the trail.
What should you do when you encounter a horse
Stop. — If you are hiking move off or to the side of the trail. If you are biking, get off your bike. Yes, you should get off your bike. This helps the horse recognize that you are a human (versus some weird thing with wheels attached to it).
Communicate!!! — This is probably the most important thing you can do. If the horse sees you standing there and not saying anything, instinct tells it that you are a predator. Say hello to the rider and try to strike up a conversation. This will calm the horse and also does wonders for relations between all trail users. Talk about the weather or talk about the trail. After all we are all out there for the same reason, just doing it in different ways.
Ask the rider what you should do. — Sometimes the rider will ask you to continue walking or riding while they wait on the side of the trail. Sometimes they will pass through while you wait. Again, remember that horses have individual personalities and only the horse’s owner/rider knows that personality. Trust their judgment.
Take EXTRA care if approaching the horse from behind. — Horses can’t see behind themselves very well, so approaching from behind can be dangerous to both the equestrian and the hiker or biker. Again, communication is critical: gently announce, well in advance, to let them know that you are approaching from behind.
What NOT to do when you encounter a horse
Don’t stand there silently. — This makes the horse think you might be a predator and the horse might run as a result.
Don’t speed past by the horse. — This is almost certain to startle the horse which puts the equestrian and YOU in danger.
Don’t do anything that might startle the horse. — This might include yelling or making your brakes squeal.
Remember that horses are animals with minds of their own, and they may not be acclimated to bike/ped traffic. Acting selfishly or without regard for others can endanger not only the horse and its rider, but you as well.
Mutual respect is the key!