The Best Outdoor Activities in Kansas

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Camp at Kyle's Landing

Kansas / Kyles Landing Campground

Kyles Landing is located directly beside the beautiful Buffalo river, hardly a stone's throw from the cool refreshing water.

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Explore Geary Lake Falls

Kansas / Geary Lake Falls Parking Area

Geary Lake Falls is only active after recent rains. It is formed by the overflow outlet of Geary State Fishing Lake. It is great fun to view the falls from the top and then venture down to the base.

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Hike the Konza Prairie Trail

Kansas / Konza Prarie Nature Trail

Description: The Konza Prairie Trail is a special beloved attraction in the area. It is set on 3,487 hectare of native tallgrass prairie.

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Watch the Sunrise at Tuttle Creek Lake

Kansas / Sunrise Cove

This cove at Tuttle Creek Lake is not in an official park, but it is open to the public. It is a place I have come to again and again.

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Relax and Rejuvenate at the Light Center

Kansas / The Light Center

The Light Center is what I like to consider a wheat oasis. It's located about 30 minutes south of Lawrence, Kansas and offers an amazing escape from the every day grind.

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Hike the KU Field Station Trails

Kansas / Roth Trailhead

Overview Parking at the Roth Trailhead gives the hiker several options for how to proceed.

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Photograph Brown Park Waterfall

Kansas / Brown Park Waterfall

This waterfall is frequently flowing. It was created by a defunct mill dam on Turkey Creek. It is located in Brown Memorial Park just outside of Abilene, Kansas.

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Hike through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Kansas / Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Park your car at the Visitor Center and head inside to grab a copy of the trail map. If the Visitor Center is closed, you can take a picture of the map on the display outside of the building.

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Hike the George Lathan Hiking Trail

Kansas / George Lathan Hiking Trail

This four mile trail is located in the Woodridge Public Use Area, southwest of Lawrence and along the western edge of Clinton Lake.

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Explore Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Kansas / Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Take a leisurely stroll around Margaret's Pond while exploring the herb garden, amphitheater and promenade. There are beautiful flowers and trees to encounter here.

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