Kansas February 11, 2018
10 Places In Kansas That Are Anything But Flat
We hear that Kansas is flatter than a pancake, and it is. I’ve seen the studies comparing the topography. Of course, that doesn’t imply that we’re the flattest state in America. That title goes to Florida, and we’re happily sitting at #7 on the list of flattest states. Of course, we still get the majority of flat jokes pointed at us, probably because those same people are also referring to this beautiful state as a “flyover state.” Well, not only are these places jaw-droppingly gorgeous, they’re also not flat at all, not even a little. Have you seen them all?
1. Rock City
Rock City is full of round stone concretions that were left behind as a large rock eroded away. These round boulders span a large area, and many are taller than you!
2. Monument Rocks
Our favorite rock formation, Monument Rocks (aka the Chalk Pyramids) is a great piece of Kansas' natural architecture, left here millions of years ago when there used to be a huge inland sea separating the continent. However, try not to break the fragile Niobrara Chalk while you're here. We want this one to last.
3. Arikaree Breaks
This magical corner of Kansas is Arikaree Breaks, an area with all sorts of topographic changes. They're one of the most scenic and underrated areas of Kansas, but just look at how gorgeous it is!
4. Wolfpen Falls
These falls at Bourbon State Fishing Lake are another feature that makes it impossible for Kansas to be flat. This one happens to rush loudly after a nice spring rain, and makes for the perfect photo.
5. Wilson State Park
Wilson State Park is a hubbub of activity in the warmer months, with plenty of rock faces to explore from the ground or the water. Of course, Kansas can't be flat with rocks like these surrounding the water!
6. Gypsum Hills
These red hills in and around Barber county are some of the most striking in the state. Of course, you'll feel like you're traveling a lot farther west and not like you're in Kansas at all. That's just one of our charms!
7. Flint Hills
Our classic love for the flint hills is unwavering, and the freedom to look at the horizon over the hills is probably why we love them so much. It's been said that these rolling hills go down, not up. Well, here's proof of just how accurate that statement is. You can have sky
and hills in Kansas!
8. Kanopolis State Park
Kanopolis State Park is a favorite for hikers of all kinds, and the caves in Horsethief Trail are my favorite place to visit. Kansas has hundreds of caves, but the smooth caves here at Kanopolis are unique to the park.
9. Cedar Bluff Reservoir
Cedar Bluff has a great area for water sports and all sorts of fun climbing the bluffs surrounding much of the lake. Maybe you'll find a fossil while you're here?
10. "Little Jerusalem"
This amazing area of Kansas isn't open to the public, but you can explore it as if you were flying above it with this drone footage from YouTube user
The Wichita Eagle.
The whole area spans a couple hundred acres, filled with plenty more than Monument Rocks to explore. Hopefully soon it can be opened to the public!
If you’re looking for a walk through wildlife that’s a little easier to maneuver, check out
this nature park in south central Kansas that’s perfect for the whole family.