5 to Try: Post readers pick the best trails in Johnson County 🥾

Johnson County offers a ton of hiking opportunities for the amateur and adventurous. Above, one of the many trailheads of the Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Welcome back, readers, to our ever-popular 5 to Try series! This week, let’s step off the beaten path (pun intended) and look at some of the best trails you recommended for hiking around Johnson County.

Before we dive in, let’s take a pause and talk about ethical trail usage. As the weather warms up and this part of the Midwest goes through a freeze-thaw period heading into spring, the soft-surface trails will become muddy. That means some trails will be closed so they don’t get damaged by trekkers.