Unity Village Nature Trail
Unity Village Nature Trail
Trail Length:
2.4 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Usage:
Hiking
Trail Type:
Looped
Terrain:
Crushed Gravel
ADA Accessible:
Partial
Pet Friendly:
On Leash
Bathrooms:
No
Trail Cost:
Free
Parking:
Available at Trailhead

Easy:  Typically less than 4 miles.  Minimal change in elevation.  Few or no obstacles.

 

Moderate:  These trails tend to be longer.  They also typically have more extreme changes in elevation, steeper inclines, and some obstacles.

 

Challenging:  Long trails (typically 8+ miles), more extreme changes in elevation, steep inclines, and some obstacles.  Completing them will require carrying provisions.

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Trail Features at a Glance

Historical Location
Lake
Pet Friendly
River
Rock Formations

The Unity Village Nature Trail is a quiet and gentle hike. The trail is located in the small township of Unity Village, nestled between the borders of Lee’s Summit and Kansas City. Renovated and dedicated as the Carl L. Chinnery Nature Trail in 2016, the trail is now a designated wildlife preserve, and is registered as one of the Great Missouri Birding Trails.

 

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Natural Rock Land Bridge

The Unity Village Nature Trail is a quiet and gentle hike. The trail is located in the small township of Unity Village, nestled between the borders of Lee’s Summit and Kansas City. Renovated and dedicated as the Carl L. Chinnery Nature Trail in 2016, the trail is now a designated wildlife preserve, and is registered as one of the Great Missouri Birding Trails.

 

Points of Interest

Natural Rock Land Bridge

An impressive feature at the Unity Village Nature Trail is a large natural bridge. It is the only natural formation of its kind to be found in western Missouri. It was a landmark for traveling pioneers, and it is rumored to have been one of the hideout locations for the famous outlaw, Jesse James.

Unity Village - Natural Bridge

Hobo Rocks

The nearby railroad tracks made this location a popular boarding and exit point for nomadic workers (hobos) during the Great Depression. If you look closely at a set of boulders along the trail, you’ll discover engraved names and symbols. These symbols contained information for other travelers on where nearby assistance could be found.

Fit-Trail System

There are several permanent exercise stations positioned along the trail, each with informational signs to guide you through proper stretches and body exercises. This trail is a great option for people looking to get a full body workout while enjoying the natural surroundings.

 

A Tale of Two Trails

One half of the Unity Village Nature Trail travels along the banks of Little Cedar Creek where you are treated to the sounds of rolling water and wildlife among the shaded forest canopy. The other half of the trail travels through open grassland in full view of the sun. The juxtaposition between these two environments provides a dynamic shift in your hiking experience. If you prefer to avoid the sun and steep hill, I recommend traveling clockwise through the forested area and turning around at the steep hill midway through the trail.

 

Hours of Operation
Park Hours

Sunday: Dawn to Dusk
Monday: Dawn to Dusk
Tuesday: Dawn to Dusk
Wednesday: Dawn to Dusk
Thursday: Dawn to Dusk
Friday: Dawn to Dusk
Saturday: Dawn to Dusk

 

Trail Breakdown
Trail Name Mileage Usage Rating
Carl L. Chinnery Nature Trail 2.4 Hiking Easy

Unity Village Nature Trail

Trail Length:
2.4 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Usage:
Hiking
Terrain:
Crushed Gravel
ADA Accessible:
Partial
Pet Friendly:
On Leash
Bathrooms:
No
Trail Cost:
Free
Parking:
Available at Trailhead

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Easy:  Typically less than 4 miles.  Minimal change in elevation.  Few or no obstacles.

Moderate:  These trails tend to be longer.  They also typically have more extreme changes in elevation, steeper inclines, and some obstacles.

Challenging:  Long trails (typically 8+ miles), more extreme changes in elevation, steep inclines, and some obstacles.  Completing them will require carrying provisions.

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