The Kansas Trails Council began informally in 1974 when a group of trail enthusiasts joined together to build multi-use, natural surface, public trails near several Kansas lakes.
In 1984, the KTC officially became a non-profit 501c3 corporation dedicated to promoting the development and enjoyment of Kansas trails.
The KTC’s primary purposes are to:
- develop and maintain multi-use, natural surface, public trails
- provide resources to trail developers and trail stewards
- provide trail information to interested parties
- educate trail stewards and trail users.
Over the years, the KTC has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, to develop or maintain trails at Clinton Lake, El Dorado Lake, Elk City Lake, Fall River Lake, Ford County Lake, Melvern Lake, Perry Lake, Toronto Lake, Tuttle Creek Lake and Wilson Lake. The KTC also maintains trails in Dornwood Park, Kaw River State Park, MacLennan Park (Cedar Crest) and Skyline Park in Topeka.