The trailhead can be discovered by following signs towards the Whitehall Bay Campground. From Wichita, head east on US 400 for roughly 68 miles until reaching Z50 Rd. A turn on Cummins Rd. takes one across the dam and towards the trailhead with a few parking spaces available on the left-hand side of the road, clearly marked by a trail sign.
Venturing into Badger Creek Trail, riders will find a tasteful mix of winding trees and occasional large rock formations. The trail presents short, technical bursts followed by recovery intervals, striking an engaging balance between effort and enjoyment.
Maintained by Kansas Singletrack Society, the trail's condition varies significantly. With comments about it being "soft" and requiring "some maintenance," it's clear that regular usage could improve the trail's quality over time. During the Firearms Deer and Spring Turkey Seasons, discretion is advised as the trail falls within a Public Hunting Area.
The Badger Creek Area incorporates both North and South systems, connected by a short road ride. While the North is often considered easy, the South provides more challenges. A third area, primarily a mowed lawn trail, is not recommended due to poor drainage and negligible features.
Badger Creek Trail offers an interesting blend of easy and challenging sections. While it may not satisfy those craving for an adrenaline-fueled adventure, it does provide a pleasant biking experience for casual riders. In summary, while the trail might benefit from some extra care and attention, its core features make it a noteworthy inclusion for any Kansas cycling itinerary.