I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kansas is by far the most beautiful state in the country. We have it all; cascading waterfalls, rock formations, rolling hills…What more could you possibly want?! To show you more of what Kansas has to offer, check out these 13 incredible natural wonders:
1. Pillsbury Crossing (Manhattan)
The natural limestone slab, which pioneers used to to cross Deep Creek, makes this waterfall an unsuspecting treasure.
2. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Located in the Flint Hills, the Preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
3. Mushroom Rock State Park (Brookville)
Considered to be one of the 8 Wonder of Kansas, Mushroom Rock State Park boasts some of the most unusual rock formations you'll ever see.
4. Monument Rocks (Grinnell)
These massive chalk formations are located in Gove County and are on the National Natural Landmark registry.
5. Arikaree Breaks
Another of the 8 Wonders of Kansas, the Arikaree Breaks (located in the badlands of northwest Kansas) were formed thousands of years ago due to erosion.
6. Horsethief Canyon (Kanopolis State Park)
It's a climb to get there, but Horsethief Canyon's caves and escarpments are a must-see for all outdoor enthusiasts.
7. Cowley Lake (Dexter)
This incredible waterfall has made several national "Must See" lists (including AARP, Yahoo, and Most Amazing in the World!)
8. Cimarron National Grassland
The Grassland, located in both Morton and Stevens Counties, offers breathtaking views of the natural rock cliffs, cottonwood groves, grassy fields, yucca, and sage brush.
9. Gypsum Hills (Medicine Lodge)
The last thing you'd expect to see in the Kansas grasslands are floodplains, buttes, canyons, sinkholes and mesas--but the Gypsum Hills has all of the above!
10. Lake Scott State Park (Scott City)
Listed by National Geographic as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks, Lake Scott is home to historic buildings, deep wooded canyons, a lake, and so much more.
11. Table Mound Hiking Trail (Elk City Lake)
Imagine: you're hiking along Table Mound's seemingly normal (yet beautiful) trails, when suddenly you come upon this cave-like rock formation--Surprise!
12. Castle Rock (Gove County)
The large limestone pillar is extremely fragile (so much so that the tallest part fell and shattered during a 2001 thunderstorm), so you'll want to visit while you can!
13. Flint Hills
I cannot hide my love of this colorful, 9,936 sq. mi. oasis on the Great Plains--can you blame me?!