East of Topeka and north of Lawrence, the Perry Lake area has 10 miles of trails open to ATV riding through deep forest. These trails are often muddy with lots of ruts. The Perry Lake ATV and Motorcycle Trail encompasses over 140 acres of easy to difficult terrain. It is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Note: the ATV trails are NOT in Perry Lake State Park. These trails are maintained by the Kansas ATV Association.
To reach the trailhead from Topeka, head north on US70, head north on US75 for a mile or so to US24. Head east on US24 for about 15 miles to milepost 381. Turn left heading north on Thompsonville Road for 1.1 miles. Veer right on Spillway Road heading east for 1.7 miles. Turn right heading south into parking area.
Note: This area is open to ATVs and motorcycles only. All ATVs must be less than 50 inches wide. They must have a functioning brake, muffler and spark arrestor. This area is subject to closure during wet conditions and/or special events.
Overall, Perry Lake is the 1st most popular ATV riding trail of all 5 ATV trails in Kansas.