Section 1 (appears in red
in the map below):
- Slough Creek Public
Use Area is a major trailhead for Perry Lake Trail,
complete with ample parking for small groups. An information kiosk with maps
and contact information is located at the trailhead.
- The parking area is a starting point
for hikes on Section 1 (to the north) or Section 4
(to the east).
- Campground facilities are nearby
within the park area. Water is
available nearby during park facility camping
season (April - October).
- A 0.4-mile spur trail near the trailhead leads to Devil's Gap
area, additional parking and the boat ramp. Spur trails are
marked with White paint blazes.
- At 0.6 mile you will reach the
intersection of Sections 1 and 4. Section 1 continues to the north
(on your left); Section 4 heads east (on your right).
- A new
foot bridge is located near
the 66th Street crossing (near mile marker #3). Like other
newer bridges along the trail, this bridge is an Eagle Scout
merit badge project. Material and technical support for these
projects is provided by Westar Energy's Green Team.
- Section 1 follows the shoreline for much of the
first four miles.
- The trail crosses the boat ramp area for Lakeside Village at
approximately 4.0 miles. The #4 mile marker is just north of the
boat ramp area. Here you'll also encounter "table rocks" and
the Mobe Rucker Park Bench for
a quiet break near the lake and a scenic view. Longview Park boat
ramp can be seen on the opposite side of the cove from this
- Near mile marker #5, the trail crosses Hoover Creek. Watch for
paint blazes and trail markers. Between mile markers #4 and #5,
the area has been the site of much recent ATV activity. Numerous
side trails exist.
- Section 1 ends at Longview Park, just south of Apple
Valley Farm (a great place for a break after a day on