OK, so summer doesn’t “officially” begin for another few weeks, but do you know what? Memorial Day weekend has come and gone which to me means it’s summertime in the Sunflower State. If you are ready to partake in a little summer camping, be sure to check out these 10 extraordinary rustic Kansas locations:
1. Fall River State Park (Toronto)
A popular camping and outdoors destination for many is the great country of Canada... but why spend all that time and money going to Toronto, Canada when there is an equally perfect Toronto located right here in Kansas?
2. Kanopolis State Park (Marquette)
You spoke and we listened! Kanopolis State Park is a popular camping destination for both locals and out-of-staters alike.
3. Big Hill Lake (Cherryvale)
A tip from someone who has been there: Find your camping spot and pitch a tent before spending a fun family day on the lake. It's so nice to have everything set up and taken care of when you return exhausted.
4. Prairie Dog State Park (Norton)
Northern Kansas's favorite place to camp? Prairie Dog State Park (with their cabins, RV hookups, and campsites), of course!
5. Council Grove Lake (Council Grove)
The land surrounding this beautiful 3,235-acre lake is the absolute perfect camping spot for both the avid outdoorsmen and angler.
6. Hoot Owl Hill (Paola)
Does the thought of "roughing it" sound... well, rough? Then glamping (glamorous camping) at the luxurious Hoot Owl Hill may be just the thing for you!
7. Pomona State Park (Vassar)
For a camping location that specializes in "shady campsites and a great family atmosphere," there is no beating the lovely 490-acre Pomona State Park.
8. Cheney Reservoir (Cheney)
Several of you amazing readers told us that you enjoy camping alongside the reservoir at Cheney State Park. After seeing this awesome picture, we can understand why!
9. El Dorado State Park (El Dorado)
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Whether you camp in a designated area or in a more secluded spot, you're sure to return time and again to what has been referred to as one of the "top state parks in America."
10. Elk City State Park (Independence)
If you do decide to camp at Elk City State Park this summer, be sure to come back in the fall so you can see the changing leaves firsthand.