Attempting to make the most of an unseasonably warm 66 degree February day we went on a little local adventure to see the Swissvale falls. The falls is located on the Landon Trail near Overbrook, KS. The stretch of the trail that has the waterfall is labeled under construction on trail apps and sites. We realized why when we attempted to locate it. To get to the trail you head north out of Overbrook on Shawnee Heights rd then you turn left onto 129th st. The trail is not marked but we were able to find it using the Get Outdoors KS app and AJ’s awesome navigation skills. The hill above the trail was a ridiculously muddy mess so we don’t recommend that you drive to the trail in a Prius. The trail itself was not muddy thanks to the railroad rock and thick grass.
The trail runs down the middle of a field and strangely has two deer stands smack dab in the middle of it. When you get halfway to the trees you will start to hear the rushing of the falls. At the edge of the field there is an old railroad bridge stretching brokenly across the creek. The falls are a couple hundred feet to the left from the bridge.
Due to the small amount of precipitation that Kansas has had in the last month the water level of the falls is pretty low. Swissvale Falls is relatively small when it comes to waterfalls but it is definitely worth checking out. The large slabs of rock surrounding the falls is perfect for spending an afternoon relaxing with the kids. In warmer months the pool underneath the waterfall would be a perfect place to take a swim. The water above the falls is shallow and during springtime will be full to the brim with tadpoles and minnows for the kids to chase around. AJ and I pulled out our backpacking chairs and made a quick lunch in the February sunshine before we headed back. Walking back to the Jeep we saw a bunch of little raccoon prints and deer hooves in the mud leading to the water which explains why the hunters set up shop.
If you are looking for a short afternoon activity that requires only a small amount of walking you should head out to Overbrook, KS and check out Swissvale Falls.