|Distance||0.8 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||A few hills|
- One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kansas
- Grassy hills surrounding a picturesque lake
While driving across Kansas, I was surprised to find 1) that the state isn't all flat and 2) that there are some pretty waterfalls hidden beyond the dams of many lakes! Chase Lake Falls is nestled between high, grassy hills, and has one of the coolest-looking waterfalls in Kansas. On this short hike, you'll see some of the surprising beauty of Kansas and not one, but three waterfalls!
The hike starts by walking around the gates and onto the wide, flat surface of the top of the dam, as pictured below. These kind of dams almost always have the best vantage point of the lake since no greenery can obstruct theh view.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This hike is kid-friendly since it's short and offers the opportunity to play in Prather Creek. You can visit any time of the year, but the trail may be dangerously icy in winter. Expect to see people when it's a warm sunny weekend.
From Kansas City, take Interstate 35 south. In Emporia, take the exit for U.S. Highway 50. Make a left at the first traffic circle, then make a right at the second traffic circle, following signs for U.S. Highway 50 West. Turn left onto Cottonwood Street (Kansas Highway 177) in Strong City. Turn right onto Main Street (soon on your left you'll see one of the cutest small town main streets I've ever seen). After about 2 miles, turn left onto a dirt road signed for Chase Lake. Park on the side of the road as close as possible to the gates on top of the dam.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are pit toilets further down the road.