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What To Do | Geography

Butcher's Falls

Location: Sedan

Old time swimmin' hole, tallest water falls and artist's favorite subject.
Address: P. O. Box 226
Sedan, KS 67361

1903 Tornado

Location: Olsburg

What local disaster brought neighbors together in 1903?
Address: 317 2nd Street
Olsburg, KS 66520

1920s Steel Bridge

Location: Piqua

If you're not afraid of some gravel and dirt, you will find a rare jewel.
Address: 150th Rd
Piqua, KS 66761

911 Memorial

Location: Phillipsburg

Steel I-beam from the World Trade Center highlights this memorial.
Address: 301 State Street
Phillipsburg, KS 67661

A History of Wamego

Location: Wamego

Wamego was founded in 1866 as a support community for the Kansas Pacific Railroad, which began building its mainline westward in 1863.
Address:
Wamego, KS 66547

A View of Our Own

Location: Glasco

The Solomon River, after flowing eastward about 150 miles, turns southeast at Glasco. When approaching from the East, driving on Highway 24 from the junction with 81, you will be rewarded by a spectacular hilltop view of the Solomon Valley.
Address: U.S. 24
Glasco, KS 67445

Alcove Spring

Location: Blue Rapids

A very historical site on the Oregon Trail and the National Register of Historic Places is nestled in the hills north of Blue Rapids. The spring was named in 1871 by a member of the ill-fated Donner-Reed Party.
Address: Tumbleweed Road off of N. U.S. 77
Blue Rapids, KS 66411

Angel Falls

Location: Lansing

Secluded scenic waterfall.
Address: Between Mary & Ida Streets
Lansing, KS 66043

Arkansas River

Location: Great Bend

Address:
Great Bend, KS 67530

Bird watching near La Cygne

Location: La Cygne

Oh, look there's a bald eagle! The bald eagle is just one of 315 species of birds that you might see near La Cygne.
Address:
La Cygne, KS 66040

Blue River Rail Trail

Location: Marysville

7.2 mile trail for walkers, joggers and bicyclists that runs along the banks of the scenic Big Blue River.
Address: 8th Street and Jayhawk Road
Marysville, KS 66508

Buffalo Wallows

Location: Antonino

Millions of bison once crowded the Great Plains before being hunted to near-extinction in the 1800s.
Address:
Antonino, KS

Camp Hunter Park

Location: Humboldt

Named after the Civil War Camp set up by the Kansas Calvary to protect the town of Humboldt after the town was burned down during the Civil War
Address: 806 S 1st St
Humboldt, KS 66748

Carnahan Road Scenic Drive

Location: Olsburg

Explore rural Olsburg and the beautiful Flint Hills!
Address:
Olsburg, KS

Cement Bridge over the Cottonwood River

Location: Florence

Drive over the old bridge and onto the brick street leading out of town.
Address: East 3rd Street
Florence, KS 66851

Champion Trees

Location: Lansing

Champions live in Lansing.
Address: Leavenworth Country Club, Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Lansing, KS 66043

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

Location: Great Bend

Address: 56 NE 40 Road
Great Bend, KS 67530

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area & Nature Conservancy Preserve

Location: Hoisington


Address:
Hoisington, KS 67544

City lakes and reservoir

Location: Herington

Two beautiful lakes.
Address: 500 Avenue, 2.4 miles west of city
Herington, KS 67449

Civilian Conservation Corps Stone Pillars Guard Rail

Location: Seneca

Limestone pillars line both sides of Hwy. 63 over what used to be Lake Nemaha
Address:
Seneca, KS 66538

Climb a giant rock!

Location: Minneapolis

Rock City is a terrific playground for kids and adults!
Address: 1051 Ivy Road
Minneapolis, KS 67467

Clyde Arboretum

Location: Clyde

Dedication and love of nature comes together under the majestic canopy of the Clyde Arboretum
Address: 204 Campbell Avenue
Clyde, KS 66938

Codell Road and Saline River Road Scenic Drive

Location: Catharine


Address:
Catharine, KS

Coldwater Lake

Location: Coldwater

Coldwater Lake is one of the few lakes in Kansas that allows swimming as well as boating, fishing and camping
Address: South of Coldwater off 183
Coldwater, KS 67029

Coronado Heights

Location: Lindsborg

Winner of the 8 Wonders of Kansas! Geography.
Address: 3 miles north on 13th Avenue and 1 mile west on Coronado Road
Lindsborg, KS 67456

Cottonwood Ranch

Location: Morland

There once were Merino sheep
Address: 14432 East Hwy 24
Morland, KS 67740

County Seat Fight

Location: Goodland

A legal slugfest between upstart Goodland and established Eustis ended with Goodland as the winner of the Sherman County seat prize.
Address: 1102 Main
Goodland, KS 67735

Cross Timbers State Park

Location: Toronto


Address:
Toronto, KS 66777

Crystal Springs

Location: Florence

The ever flowing springs in Florence
Address:
Florence, KS 66851

Delaware River

Location: Valley Falls

A river that went from "Grasshopper" to Delaware
Address:
Valley Falls, KS 66088

Devil's Dip

Location: Leoti

If ever you want to dare to do dirt, be sure to go through Devil's Dip in rural Wichita County!
Address:
Leoti, KS 67861

Discovery of Helium

Location: Dexter

The gas that wouldn't burn.
Address:
Dexter, KS

Doing something about the weather

Location: Goodland

At Goodland's National Weather Service Forecast Office, forecasters predict the weather in order to lessen its impact.
Address: 920 Armory Road
Goodland, KS 67735

Doodlebug Walking Trail

Location: Valley Falls

Walk the trail of the original Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railway line.
Address: 507 Maple Street
Valley Falls, KS 66088

Driving on brick streets

Location: Goodland

A Native American from the Oneida tribe, Jim Brown was a phenomenally fast bricklayer. He turned street paving into a spectator sport in Goodland while paving Main and some side streets.
Address: 12th and Main
Goodland, KS 67735

Elk herd

Location: Johnson City

Elk live in a fenced pasture about 1 mile south of Johnson on Highway 27.
Address: 104 E. Highland
Johnson City, KS 67855

Elm Creek Disc Golf Course

Location: Iola

What would the Frisbee Pie Company think of this?
Address: South Washington Ave
Iola, KS 66749

Elm Creek Park (north and south) for Picnicking and Fishing Park

Location: Iola

Just bring your fishing pole, Kansas license, and enjoy fishing in Elm Creek.
Address: South Washington Avenue to Elm Creek
Iola, KS 66749

Escaping at Smoky Gardens

Location: Goodland

Twelve miles southwest of Goodland lies a jewel of a park along the North Fork of the Smoky Hill River.
Address: Roads 17 and 54
Goodland, KS

Ever wonder where the trail ends?

Location: Abilene

Come to Abilene and see where the Chisholm Trail ended in the beginning.
Address: 201 NW Second Street
Abilene, KS 67410

Flint Hills

Location: Alma

Also known as Bluestem Pastures or Bluestem Hills
Address: Best seen on K-99 south of Alma
Alma, KS 66401

Florence Walnut Tree Farm

Location: Florence

Tree Farm started in 2006 by Leonard Ellis and Joe Heath.
Address: East 3rd Street
Florence, KS 66851

Fossil Lake

Location: Russell

Located off of I-70 just south of Russell
Address: along U.S. 281
Russell, KS 67665

Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch

Location: Morland

Cookin' at the Cottonwood
Address: 14432 East Hwy 24
Morland, KS 67740

Funyaking on the Kansas River!

Location: Wamego

You can fish or hunt ducks on the river, search for arrowheads and old animal bones, build a campfire and spend the night ... the possibilities of what you can do on the Kansas River are endless!
Address: KS 99 bridge south of dowtown Wamego
Wamego, KS 66547

Geographical Center of the US

Location: Lebanon

Feel the power at the center of the United States.
Address: AA Road and 130 Road
Lebanon, KS 66952

Ghost Town of Chetolah

Location: Antonino

The ghost town of Chetolah, southwest of Antonino, began in 1888 as a service center for the B.O.D. A livery stable and store once existed, as well as a hotel known for its quality pies and bean soup.
Address:
Antonino, KS

Greenwood Park

Location: Olsburg

Located right along K-16, Greenwood Park is a great place to stop, stretch your legs, have a picnic and explore!
Address: Half mile west of Olsburg on K-16
Olsburg, KS 66520

Gridley City Lake

Location: Gridley

Fish here for walleye, smallmouth bass, wiper, largemouth bass,and channel catfish!
Address: 503 Main Street
Gridley, KS 66852

Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway

Location: Coldwater

The iron content in the soil makes it red in color and is a striking contrast to the deep green prairie grasses in the spring, the high bluffs and the rock formations.
Address: U.S. 160 between Medicine Lodge and Coldwater
Coldwater, KS

Highest county seat in Kansas

Location: Goodland

At 3,695 feet, Goodland is the highest county seat in Kansas, according to the National Geodetic Survey.
Address: 13th and Center
Goodland, KS 67735

Historic Brooker Springs

Location: Marion

Historic spring used by early settlers.
Address: 620 E. Main St.
Marion, KS 66861

Hoisington Bird Sanctuary

Location: Hoisington


Address: Southwest side of Bi-Centinnial Park on 2nd St.
Hoisington, KS 67544

Honey Braun Park

Location: Victoria

This ten-acre park was established in 1949 when Wendelin J. Braun and his wife Loretta donated land to the City of Victoria with the stipulation that it would always be used as a park.
Address: 603 Iron
Victoria, KS 67671

How Goodland got its name

Location: Goodland

Goodland could have been called Fairyland, according to the most widely accepted story about the town's name. Goodland has proven to be a very appropriate name for the fertile lands of Sherman County.
Address:
Goodland, KS 67735

Interstate 70

Location: Goodland

The concrete ribbon named Interstate 70 brings Goodland to the world and the world to Goodland.
Address: Exit 17
Goodland, KS 67735

Iola Area Golf Courses

Location: Iola

Private or Public? The Iola area has beautiful courses for you to choose from!
Address: North of Iola or east of Iola
Iola, KS 66749

Island Park

Location: Winfield

Wide array of recreational opportunities, including fishing, horseshoes, community-built playground, hiking, feeding the ducks and geese and much more!
Address: North Main
Winfield, KS 67156

Jamestown Wildlife Area

Location: Jamestown

Hunt teal in the fall or go bird watching any time of the year
Address: North on 40 Road-watch for signs
Jamestown, KS 66948

Jones Park

Location: Lebo

Baseball, tennis, playground, football field, and more is available inside Lebo's Jones Park!
Address:
Lebo, KS 66856

Kanopolis Lake

Location: Marquette


Address: West on K-4, then north on K-141
Marquette, KS

Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway

Location: Great Bend

Address: PO Box 274
Great Bend, KS 67530

Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Location: Great Bend

Address: 592 NE K-156 Hwy
Great Bend, KS 67530

Kelly Grove Park

Location: Lansing

Nature park with one mile nature trail.
Address: 320 E. Gilman
Lansing, KS 66043

Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park

Location: Lansing

The newest park in Lansing
Address: 15650 Gilman Road
Lansing, KS 66043

Lake Garnett / North Lake Park

Location: Garnett


Address: 500 N Lake Rd
Garnett, KS 66032

Lake Idlewild

Location: Waterville

In the 1950s boat races took place at this WPA lake.
Address:
Waterville, KS 66548

Lake Scott Beach

Location: Scott City

Scott State Park, north of Scott City, was tagged as having the “best” beach in Kansas.
Address: 101 W Scott Lake Dr.
Scott City, KS 67871

Lake Wabaunsee

Location: Alma


Address: K-99/K-4 Across from Smokin' G's BBQ
Alma, KS 66423

Learning about Kansas

Location: Goodland

Come to Goodland Travel Information Center 10 miles west of Goodland at Interstate 70 milepost 7 and find out what Kansas has to offer.
Address: Milepost 7, Interstate 70
Goodland, KS 67735

Lebo City Lake

Location: Lebo

Lebo offers a lake that people of all ages will enjoy!
Address:
Lebo, KS 66856

Lebo Kid's Pond

Location: Lebo

Take the kids and enjoy a day at the Lebo Kid's Pond!
Address:
Lebo, KS 66856

Lincoln Park

Location: Cawker City

What was once beautiful Oak Trees on Oak Creek flooded after a history of Chautauqua's, prisoner of war camp, and church camps.
Address: Western edge of town on U.S. 24
Cawker City, KS 67430

Living Water Ranch

Location: Olsburg

Located on Tuttle Creek and in Kansas' beautiful Flint Hills, the Living Water Ranch is the perfect place for an explorer's escape.
Address: 4122 Living Water Road
Olsburg, KS 66520

Lost 80 Park

Location: Lansing

Scenic park with fishing and picnic sites.
Address: 1122 E. Mary Street
Lansing, KS 66043

Lower Cimarron (Wagon Bed) Springs on the Santa Fe Trail

Location: Ulysses

An oasis for travelers and their animals through the desert on their way to Santa Fe, New Mexico
Address: From Ulysses, 8 miles south on K-25, and 3.5 straight south on Wagon Bed Springs Road. Follow the signs.
Ulysses, KS 67880

Manter Dam

Location: Johnson City

A WPA dam that wasn't completed
Address: Northwest of Manter
Johnson City, KS 67855

Marion County Park and Lake

Location: Marion

Great fishing, great camping, great place to picnic or just relax. One of the treasures of Marion County.
Address:
Marion, KS 66861

McPherson Valley Wetlands

Location: McPherson

The wetlands were best known for their waterfowl hunting and were often frequented by market hunters. You can still view and hunt wildlife in season.
Address: 967 Mohawk Rd.
McPherson, KS 67460

Meade State Lake & Park

Location: Meade

An oasis on the prairie
Address: 13051 V Rd.
Meade, KS 67864

Miller Nature Park

Location: Wamego

Come join Mother Nature at the newly developed Miller Nature Park! Located just south of the Kansas River, it's an opportunity to explore all that the great outdoors has to offer and become one with nature.
Address: Just south of the Kansas River
Wamego, KS

Monument Rocks

Location: Oakley

These towering majestic rocks will leave you breathless. Be sure to bring your camera!
Address:
Oakley, KS 67748

Mount Calvary Cemetery

Location: Lansing

Catholic cemetery with three Medal of Honor recipients.
Address: 1011 N. Desoto
Lansing, KS 66043

Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie

Location: Wamego

Located on a 50-acre hilltop three miles south of Wamego, the Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie is dedicated to Capt. William Mitchell and the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, part of the Underground Railroad. Between 1857 and 1860 slaves seeking freedom crossed this land ...
Address: 3 1/2 miles south of Wamego
Wamego, KS

Mount Muncie Cemetery

Location: Lansing

One of the oldest cemeteries in the state.
Address: 1500 North 8th Street
Lansing, KS 66043

Mountain Time Capitol of Kansas

Location: Goodland

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead -- your next stop, the Mountain Time Zone!
Address: 921 Main Street
Goodland, KS 67735

Native Stone Scenic Byway

Location: Alma

K-4 and K-99
Address: K-4 and K-99
Alma, KS

Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch

Location: Oakley

A great place to see prairie wildlife and beauty along the Western Vistas Historic Byway.
Address:
Oakley, KS

Neosho River Park

Location: Humboldt

Nature Trail. Amphitheater. Fishing. Hiking
Address: 1 Bridge St
Humboldt, KS 66748

Neosho River Picnic and Fishing

Location: Iola

Beautiful and serene...with maybe a fish tale/tail to take home?
Address: West of Iola on Hwy 54
Iola, KS 66749

Parks Galore (City of Chanute)

Location: Chanute

With five parks, a lake, a pond and more, Chanute has lots to offer those who enjoy the great outdoors. In addition, there is a public golf course located near the airport.
Address: 101 S. Lincoln Ave.
Chanute, KS 66720

Penokee Stone Man

Location: Morland

You can see it best from the sky.
Address:
Morland, KS 67659

Plainville Township Lake

Location: Plainville

WPA project a hidden gem
Address: Y Road and 16 Road
Plainville, KS 67663

Post Rock Country

Location: Lincoln

Fence posts, farmsteads, and bridges bear the identity of Post Rock Country.
Address:
Lincoln, KS 67455

Post Rock Scenic Byway

Location: Lucas


Address: Hwy K-232
Lucas, KS 67648

Prairie Spirit Trail - 26th Kansas State Park

Location: Iola

Kansas wildflowers, native birds, natural grasses, ponds, lakes, waterfalls, friendly people...what? a new extension going south??
Address: 1020 N. State Street
Iola, KS 66749

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Stafford


Address: 1434 NE 80th Street
Stafford, KS 67578

Railroad Bridge

Location: Burlingame

"Where Rail Crosses Trail"
Address: East edge of Santa Fe Avenue
Burlingame, KS 66413

Railroad Bridge over the Cottonwood River

Location: Florence

Listen for the sound of the train and the flowing water along the Cottonwood River
Address:
Florence, KS 66851

Randolph State Park & Equestrian Trails

Location: Olsburg

Looking for a place to go riding? Randolph State Park (just 10 minutes west of Olsburg) is the perfect destination for you and your horse!
Address:
Olsburg, KS 66520

Reflections Park

Location: Clyde

Lovingly cared for by the "Clyde Beauty Girls", Reflections Park is a great place to watch flowers and friendships grow.
Address: 408 Washington Street
Clyde, KS 66938

Riverside Park

Location: Iola

Camping, swimming, running, or whatever you want to do in this historic park. A new Special Needs Playground Area has recently been added!
Address: S. State Street
Iola, KS 66749

Running Water at Manter Dam

Location: Johnson City

Rare pictures of water coming down Bear Creek to Manter Dam site.
Address: 104 Highland
Johnson City, KS 67855

Santa Fe Trail

Location: Burlingame

Historic highway across Kansas
Address: Across
Burlingame, KS 66413

Sappa Park

Location: Oberlin

Nature trails, walk-in hunting, golf course, more.
Address: #1 Morgan Drive
Oberlin, KS 67749

Scenic drive to Syracuse and on to Kendall

Location: Coolidge

A drive along the Arkansas River
Address: River Road
Coolidge, KS

Scenic Sand Hill/River Road 6 mile Bicycle Ride

Location: Coolidge

A backroad through the sand hills that circles around onto the River Road.
Address:
Coolidge, KS

Smoky Hill River scenic drive: Grants Villa, Chetolah Gold Road and the Smoky Hill River Road

Location: Antonino

Flowing east from the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Hill River runs four miles south of Antonino. Plains Indians once hunted and established campsites along its banks.
Address:
Antonino, KS

Solomon River Valley

Location: Downs

Beautiful vistas and rich cropland of the North Fork - the "Peace of the Solomon Valley", to quote a 1911 book title by Margaret Hill McCarter
Address:
Downs, KS 67437

South Solomon River

Location: Morland


Address: K-85
Morland, KS 67650

The Giant Sunflower Painting

Location: Goodland

The Giant Van Gogh Painting sits on an 80-foot easel, the only one in the United States.
Address: 19th and Cherry
Goodland, KS 67735

The Official Road to Oz Highway

Location: Wamego

The nine-mile stretch of Highway 99 north of I-70 was renamed the Road to Oz Highway.
Address:
Wamego, KS 66547

Tour de Florence

Location: Florence

A scenic bike ride through the Flint Hills.
Address: Countryside
Florence, KS 66851

Twin Mounds

Location: Plainville

These mounds are landmarks in an otherwise level plain
Address: 22 Road & T Road
Plainville, KS 67663

Uncommon Role for the Common Milkweed

Location: Gridley

This wildflower played an important part in World War II.
Address:
Gridley, KS 66852

Valley Falls City Park

Location: Valley Falls

Visit our lovely city park located in the center of town, occupying a full city block
Address: 701 Broadway Street
Valley Falls, KS 66088

Välkommen Trail

Location: Lindsborg

Välkommen Trail is a 2.5 mile all-weather bicycle and pedestrian trail.
Address: Lincoln St
Lindsborg, KS 67456

Veterans Memorial

Location: Phillipsburg

"All Gave Some ~ Some Gave All." They Answered America's Call.
Address: 301 State Street
Phillipsburg, KS 67661

Veterans Memorial Park

Location: Great Bend


Address: McKinley & K-96 on 17th Street
Great Bend, KS 67530

Victoria Municipal Swimming Pool

Location: Victoria

Beat the summer heat and enjoy the cool waters at the local pool.
Address: 503 Iron
Victoria, KS 67671

View from Reed's Hill

Location: Frankfort

Road leading to our beautiful city.
Address: K-99 and Utah Rd
Frankfort, KS 66427

Waconda Lake

Location: Cawker City

Also known as Glen Elder Reservoir
Address: On U.S. 24 between Cawker City and Glen Elder
Cawker City, KS 67430

Wayne Garrett Children's Garden

Location: Iola

Can students cultivate plants and identify weeds in their garden?
Address: 501 N. Buckeye
Iola, KS 66749

Webster Lake

Location: Stockton

Prime spot for some of the best walleye fishing in Kansas! Whether you're wanting to fish, camp out, picnic, or just stop to rest, Lake Webster is the place!
Address: 8 miles west of Stockton on U.S. 24
Stockton, KS 67669

Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway

Location: Hoisington


Address: K-4, K-156 and county roads
Hoisington, KS 67544

Wilson Lake

Location: Lucas

Wilson Lake sits just 6 miles south of Lucas on the Post Rock Scenic Byway.
Address: Hwy K-232
Lucas, KS 67648

Ye Olde City Park

Location: Lebo

This park has many features which include a kid's pond.
Address:
Lebo, KS 66856
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