Each week, we cover a different hiking trail. This week the trail at Kaw Point Park. The Park is established at the point where the Missouri River and the Kansas (Kaw) River meet. The intersection of the rivers was first visited by Lewis and Clark in 1804. Down the Kansas River was the lands of the Kaw (Kansas), tribe. The town of Kansas was established as a trading post with the Kaw and Osage Indians. This later became Kansas City.
Lewis and Clark were charged by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Missouri River and to reach the Pacific, so their exploration of the Kansas River was minimal.
Can you believe there were initially Parakeets indigenous to the area? One of the many species of fascinating wildlife we hunted out of existence.
Kansas City is the location where the Missouri River moves from a West to East course from a North to South. As the River veers northward, it becomes the border between Kansas and Missouri.
The Park is located in Kansas City, Kansas, The trail is mostly level and runs parallel to the Missouri and Kansas Rivers.
Pros: Scenic trail, Mostly flat, and historic significance
Cons: Runs very close to Rivers, Could be dangerous if trail is wet or slick, Kansas City, Kansas can be a little dangerous after dark, but should be fine during daylight.