Kansas May 04, 2018
7 Lesser-Known State Parks In Kansas That Will Absolutely Amaze You
For some reason, exploring Kansas never gets old. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had the same park in your backyard for years, it’s still a great adventure to seek. No matter when you can visit, these 7 lesser-known state parks are great additions to any Kansan’s bucket list. They’re just as amazing as their more popular counterparts, or at least we think so. Are you packed yet?
1. Fall River State Park - Greenwood County
Located snugly between the Cross Timbers region and a lot of grassland, this state park is the perfect mix of both. Take a canoe along Fall River or explore some of the 980 acres on six hiking trails instead. There's nothing like encountering native wildlife from afar instead of staying at home.
2. Eisenhower State Park - Osage County
Just look at that gorgeous lake! Here at Eisenhower there's about 1,785 acres of camping areas and hiking trails. Some of the trails are even accessible by horses if you're a rider. There's a swimming beach, a volleyball area, disc golf, and plenty of other warm weather activities to participate in here. What more could you need?
3. Lovewell State Park - Jewell County
Lovewell is a park that loves camping, fishing, and wildlife activities equally. There's plenty of shade, as well as hookups for campers if you'd rather not rough it out in a tent.
4. Prairie Dog State Park - Norton County
This state park offers cabins as well as camping areas, and plenty to do around the park. There are two 19th century buildings preserved here, as well as a 1.4 mile hiking trail to help you explore the wildlife area. It may be a smaller park, but there's just as much here to love.
5. Sand Hills State Park - Reno County
Sand Hills State Park covers 1,123 acres of natural grounds, and is excellent for hiking and horseback riding. However, you can also enjoy wildflower walks and plain ol' relaxation at one of their camping areas.
6. Hillsdale State Park - Miami County
At this park, there are more than 12,000 acres of park and wildlife area, all ready for you to explore. The large reservoir is surrounded by plenty of original timber, and offers boating and fishing all through the warm months. There are also about 32 miles of marked equestrian trails, as well as regular hiking trails for you to explore while you're here.
7. Pomona State Park - Osage County
Another smaller park, this 490-acre area on the shore of the reservoir is a great spot for a camping trip. There's plenty of shade to sit underneath, and it's always nice to stay at the lake you're fishing.
If you’ve got the Kansas exploration bug and you’re looking for great places to explore, why not
check out these little-known trails out as well?