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Woodridge Primitive Area, KS
George O. Latham Trail (4.5 Miles)
The George Latham Hiking Trail (marked with blue blazes) meanders for nearly four and a half miles through woods and open fields of the Woodridge Primitive Area on the west edge of Clinton Lake. This loop trail can be hiked in as little as 2 and one-half hours.
As you walk, you will also notice another trail that joins this one. Stay with the blue blazes and you will intersect the Old Road just past mile marker 1. At this point, you can return to the parking lot on the Old Road if you do not have time for the full four and one-half miles. A walk along the Old Road includes a panoramic view of Woodridge and Clinton Lake and a berry patch lies adjacent to the road near the parking lot.
If you continue on the trail, you will soon encounter several scenic overlooks, which provide excellent views of Clinton Lake. Just past mile marker 2, a rusty, antique farm implement reminds us of earlier residents. Between mile markers 2 and 3 the trail becomes rough due to the terrain. On top of the hill is a field of native grasses. Just before mile marker 3, you can rest in the shade of an old oak tree on a bench dedicated to the trail’s designer, George Latham. Finally, midway between mile markers 3 and 4 there is a lovely grove of large oak trees.
Camping - Woodridge Park
Woodridge Park is a primitive camping area for hammocks and tents only. The park is free of charge and is open year-round; however, during the winter months (November 1 through March 15), the gate to Woodridge Park is closed. Tent camping and hiking are still allowed, but vehicles must be parked outside the gate and visitors must hike in. Drinking water and a vault toilet are still provided year-round.
Visitors can camp in the large mowed area near the entrance to the park or along the 4.5-mile trail. There are numerous small clearings along the trail that make excellent camping spots, but the Corps of Engineers asks that people use only pre-existing campfire rings. The trail is quite scenic as it travels through woods, meadows and hay fields, and meets up with the lakeshore intermittently.
Trip Pictures <---Click to see all pictures.
George Latham Trail.jpg
George Latham Trail.jpg 2012-01-10
Clinton Lake Trails.jpg
Clinton Lake Trails.jpg 2012-01-10
Woodridge Primitive Area Map.jpg
Woodridge Primitive Area Map.jpg 2012-01-10
"Take I-70 to K-10 (exit 197) turn west at US 40 and veer off onto 1600 (also 442) and follow it to Stull where you'll turn south on 1023. Turn east on 2 (gravel road) then left (north) on 350E which is a dirt road. The trailhead is at the top of the hill on your right." (TrailsofKansas.com)
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