Kansas Hiking, Nature November 25, 2016
The One Winter Hike That Will Show You Kansas Like Never Before
Are you feeling a little sluggish from all of the delicious turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin pie you consumed on Thanksgiving? I know the feeling… but don’t let the bloat get you down! Bundle up and take this fun winter hike that will show you Kansas like never before:
Named one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas" by the
Kansas Sampler Foundation, Castle Rock is a geologic wonder that towers high above the plains of Gove County.
Located 11 miles south of Quinter, these large limestone foundations are estimated to have been formed during the Cretaceous Period some 80 million years ago and are comprised of chalk deposits.
In addition to being a significant geologic and historic area, Castle Rock is also popular for its beautiful hiking and sightseeing opportunities!
Since the hike is considered to be somewhat easy, it is one that we encourage everyone to try as it provides stunning views...
...an up-close-and-personal look at scientifically significant fossils...
...and -- of course -- the chance to get some exercise while exploring the area's many tunnels and gullies.
Trimble Outdoors, the hike around Castle Rock is 2.36 miles and can be accessed by taking "the Quinter exit, 107, 50 miles east of Hays from I-70. Turn left onto Castle Rock Rd. and drive south 15 miles. Turn left onto County Road K, drive 4 miles. Turn left onto County Road 80, drive 1 mile to the overlook and continue 1.2 miles looping east and north to the second turn-around."
For even more fun and (relatively) easy trails, check out these
9 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Kansas!
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