|Distance||0.4 miles roundtrip|
- Easily accessible waterfall
- Pretty creek and lake views
As seems to be the theme with man-made lakes in Kansas, just beyond the dam at Cedar Lake Park is a small but beautiful waterfall. While the waterfall itself isn't naturally occurring since the dam diverted the creek's flow, the surrounding rocks are. As such, the falls are much more scenic than other man-made waterfalls. With less than half a mile roundtrip, you too can visit this pretty waterfall just outside of Kansas City.
The hike starts by walking across the earthen dam. This wide path provides a view of the lake as pictured below. On a sunny day, you'll probably see many people out fishing.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This hike is great for kids since it is so short and provides an opportunity to play in the creek. You can visit any time of the year, just be careful during in the winter since the trail may be icy. This is a popular fishing lake, so expect to see many people here.
From Kansas City, take Interstate 35 south to Olathe, Kansas. Take the exit for Lone Elm Road, then turn right. Use the next left turn lane ahead to turn left and enter the park. Park at the end of the road near the dam.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! You will pass restrooms and picnic shelters on your drive to the dam.