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Fancy Creek State Park

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

This trail is definitely one the best west of Perry Lake all the way to Colorado. It is one of the best and most unique in Kansas. The current mileage is in the neighborhood of 5.5 miles after the added sections are finished. It used to be 4.5 or so until the summer of 2004 when a group of volunteers working with the State Park and the Manhattan Midwest Mountain Bike Patrol started building and maintaining the trails regularly.

The trail is an intermediate to advanced trail. There are a few sections that very few riders, even the most experienced, can clean. The work that has been most recently done to the trail has not only added mileage, but also added sections that beginners will find challenging, but ridable. This is a trail for everybody.

The topography and the plant life of this area are very unique to Kansas. The trail is very rocky on the upper sections with mostly cedar trees. If you have ridden in Colorado you will be reminded of it on this trail. The lower sections are mostly deciduous trees and grass with many small creek crossings.

While riding this trail you will pass through rocky coniferous forests, ridge running trails, grassland, deciduous forests, and back again. There are many flowing sections separated with technical parts and many switchbacks. Many areas offer great views of the surrounding hills, plains, and Tuttle Creek Lake. This is a trail that will have you coming back again and again. Enjoy the ride.

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Latitude
39.43831424149678
Longitude
-96.73839569091797
Trail Directions
This is the actual Fancy Creek Trail, not the Randolph State Park horse trails.From Manhattan, KS:Take Tuttle Creek Blvd. (Hwy 24) north out of town. Follow Tuttle Creek Blvd. (Hwy. 24) until Hwy. 24 branches off to the west. Hwy. 77 continues north, follow Hwy. 77. Immediately after passing Randolph on the right turn right (west) onto Hwy. 16. The park is approximately 2 miles to the west. The entrance is on the left side of the street right before the bridge that crosses over Tuttle Creek Reservoir. The park is on the west side of the lake not on the east side. The trailhead is on the right side of the park road.
Trail Length
5.5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Randolph
Zip/Postal Code
66554
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jinxed ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I've been stuck in Kansas for a while and nothing I've seen can yet compare to this trail. Lots of up and down with some good flow and mamazing technical! I recommend it unless your the snow Mexican mawhahah!!!



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Review Date
October 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ski_n_Bike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just thought I'd put up a review since no one has written on this trail in a while. Like the others say, its a great trail with some technical sections. It does retain water a lot during the spring, but summer and fall are safe to ride 2 days after a hard rain. Riding this whole trail with no stops or dabs is an impressive feat. Worth the drive from Manhattan area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Riley Training areas, singletrack near linear trail. Really nothing else like this anywhere in the area.



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Review Date
November 25, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: LeLan Dains ,  Racer

Summary:
I have ridden this trail twice and it is always a challenge. Like the description says, you won't think you're in Kansas. Great trail that will challenge riders of all abilities.



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Review Date
December 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: calvasina ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great technical trail to hone your skills on. Lots of rocks, tight switchbacks, rocky ascents and descents, and steep sections add to the difficulty and raise the enjoyment level of the trial. One of the best kept secrets of Kansas trails.

Recommended Route:
Trail is constantly improving since the first time I rode it in 2000. Recommend hitting all of the trails for best effect. Trail can be best ridden one direction for one lap, hit the trailhead, then immediately ride a reverse lap.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Linear Park, Lake Perry, Clinton



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Review Date
October 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: flatmtber ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail and getting better!! Thanks to everyone that has put in thier time and effort to make this trail what it is and what it will be.

Recommended Route:
After the 2004-2005 trail buiding season is done riders will be able to go both ways on the trail. Check out Karen's Bush and the Blair Woods Trail along with the Crack and 420 Hill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Perry Lake - just an hour or so away
The Manhattan River Trails



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