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4207 East 56th Avenue
Hutchinson, Kansas   67502
(lat:38.1151 lon:-97.8569) map location

Phone: 316-542-3664
Located north of Hutchinson, about one mile east of K-61 on either 56th Street or 69th Street

Sand Hills State Park, a 1,123 acre natural area, has been preserved for its sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Popular activities at the park are hiking and horseback riding. Other activities include hunting, bird watching, wildflower walks, jogging and just simple relaxation in the country.

There are eight trails in the park which are broken down into interpretive, hiking and horseback riding trails. There are 14 miles of trails which weave in between 10 to 40-feet high sand dunes, through grasslands and trees, and around ponds. Modern facilities are limited to two vault toilets.
History of the Area
In 1974 the Kansas Park and Resources Authority acquired 640 acres of land from Kansas State Industrial Reformatory. These 640 acres became the 22nd State Park in Kansas by a House Bill signed by Governor Robert Docking. Shortly after this transfer, the Dillon Family of Hutchinson donated an adjacent 320 acres. With the donation, the Park and Resources Authority was able to acquire another adjacent 163 acres with Federal Land and Water Funds, thus establishing the present 1,123 acre Park.

Sand Hills State Park is located near Hutchinson

Sand Hills State Park offers picnic tables and grills, perfect for family outings. No shelters or pavilions are available.
Biking enthusiasts can explore over 64 miles of trails, but be aware they are shared with horseback riders.

The park offers a variety of terrains for cyclists including sand dunes and wooded areas.

Remember to stay on marked paths as the landscape is delicate and easily damaged by off-trail biking.

Be prepared; some sections may prove challenging due to sandy conditions or steep inclines.

Cyclists should carry water since there aren't many facilities available in this natural setting.

Always wear safety gear like helmets while riding through these scenic routes for your protection.

Check weather forecasts before planning your trip because extreme heat could make cycling difficult during summer months.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species like the red-tailed hawk, northern harrier and short-eared owl. The park's diverse habitats attract a wide range of birdlife year-round. It is particularly popular during migration seasons when rare birds pass through the area. Visitors may also participate in organized birding events or explore on their own using provided trail maps.

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