7 Stunning Kansas State Parks Where You Can Camp All Year-Round

Barring a bad thunderstorm or ice-over, camping is something you can do in any weather, even if you have to opt for a cabin or yurt over a tent. If you’ve ever wanted a place to camp year-round, these beautiful Kansas state parks are the perfect places to start. Pick your favorite time of year or anytime you want to get away, and set up camp!

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If you’re looking for a shorter trip or another place to visit on your nature vacation, check out this place where you can view a wild bison herd closer than ever before.

Address: Clinton State Park, 798 N 1415 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66049, USA
Address: Crawford State Park, 1 W Lake Rd, Farlington, KS 66734, USA
Address: Cross Timbers State Park, 144 KS-105, Toronto, KS 66777, USA
Address: Kanopolis Lake State Park, 200 Horsethief Rd, Marquette, KS 67464, USA
Address: Eisenhower State Park, Osage City, KS 66523, USA
Address: 618 NE Bluestem Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042, USA
Address: Fall River State Park, Fall River, KS 67047, USA
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State Parks to Visit in Kansas

January 19, 2022

What are some of the best hiking trails in Kansas?  

Okay, so, maybe Kansas isn’t exactly famous for its hiking, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any at all! In fact, according to our friends at AllTrails.com, there are actually more than 400 amazing trails all over the state, each of which is special and unique in its own way. These trails range in difficulty from very easy to moderately challenging; there are no hard hike here, after all, Kansas isn’t exactly mountainous and there isn’t really a whole lot of elevation to gain while hiking anywhere in the state. Among the top-rated and most beloved hiking trails in Kansas are gems like the Elk River Hiking Trail, in Elk City State Park. This one is known for its outrageously beautiful wildflowers during spring and summer, and it’s lengthy – 15.3 miles – so you can either do the whole thing (whew!) or choose which parts you want to see most and traverse those. At Shawnee Mission Park, there’s the Orange, Violet, and Red Trails – three amazing hiking and biking trails that are rated as moderately difficult thanks to some rocky bits. Other great trails in Kansas include Tomahawk Creek Trail, Indiana Creek Trail, and Turkey Creek Trail. For more ideas and information, check out this article. 

What are the best state parks in Kansas?  

Kansas has no shortage of state parks – it’s home to 28 of them, after all! Of course, “best” is definitely subjective; what we might think is the “best” may not impress you, or someone else. That’s alright! In this case, to determine the “best” state parks in Kansas, we simply checked out which parks are the most popular. After all, they’re beloved for a reason, right? So, the “best” state parks in Kansas, based on ratings and popularity, are Tuttle Creek State Park, Kanopolis Lake State Park, Milford State Park, and Wilson State Park. Clinton State Park is another really wonderful (and ultra highly-rated) one, and we also love lesser-appreciated parks like Fancy Creek State Park and Webster State Park. Like we said, “best” is subjective – so which do you think is the best?  

Address: Clinton State Park, 798 N 1415 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66049, USA
Address: Crawford State Park, 1 W Lake Rd, Farlington, KS 66734, USA
Address: Cross Timbers State Park, 144 KS-105, Toronto, KS 66777, USA
Address: Kanopolis Lake State Park, 200 Horsethief Rd, Marquette, KS 67464, USA
Address: Eisenhower State Park, Osage City, KS 66523, USA
Address: 618 NE Bluestem Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042, USA
Address: Fall River State Park, Fall River, KS 67047, USA