Trail sites in the Northeast part of the Kansas City area
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area  [website]
• In Blue Springs, Mo., on Park Rd. off Hwy 7 North of I-70
• Two paved trails, 0.5 and 0.75 miles long
• Three unpaved trails, 1 1/3 to 3 1/3 miles long
• Beautiful rock outcrops and wide-range of bird species
• Nature center with view of bird feeding area

George Owens Nature Park  [website]
• In Independence on Speck Rd. north of Hwy 78
• Six unpaved trails from 0.13 to 1.1 miles long
• Wooded hills with rock outcrops and lakes
• Nature center
• See Cedar Waxwings, bluebirds, woodpeckers, more.

Outcrops along Wapiti trail at George Owens Nature Park
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Center
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary  [website]
• 407 N. Lafrenz Rd., Liberty, Mo.       
• Two paved trails, 0.25 and 0.5 miles long
• Four unpaved, connected trails, 0.4 to 0.7 miles long
• Creek, prairie, and woodland habitats
• Nature center and bird feeding area

Smithville Lake  [website]
• 20 miles north of downtown KC on U.S. Highway 169       
• 23 miles of paved trails
More than 2000 acres of prairie grasses, trees, native flowers
Visitor center and observation tower
See warblers, orioles, tanagers, Osprey, other species.

Trail at Smithville Lake
Page added 6/10/2011 (Latest Rev7/31/2015 major new KC bird list)