State Parks

Twenty-six state parks, including the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail, invite you to explore Kansas outdoors. Whatever your interest — hiking, camping, wildlife watching, fishing, bike riding, horseback riding, hunting, or just plain relaxing, a Kansas state park has what you’re looking for. Most offer utility and primitive camping and access to lakes, trails and wildlife areas. A few are preserved natural areas, so you can enjoy unspoiled, wild Kansas. Many parks host events such as concerts, festivals, and competitions. If you’ve never stayed at a Kansas state park, use this guide to find the perfect getaway. If you haven’t visited recently, look again - there’s more than meets the eye!

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

City: Epic Ultras - Kansas Rails-to-Trails Fall Ultra Extravaganza

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail - 220 W 17th Street, Ottawa, KS 66067

Type: Ultra Running

Dates: 10/29/16 - 10/30/16

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

100 mile, 50 mile, and 50K runs on the beautiful Prairie Spirit Trail. Please go to for more information.

City: Tuttle Creek State Park

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: Basic Predator Calling and Trapping Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Contact: Todd Lovin

Phone No: 785-539-7941

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

Workshop will be held at State Park Office. No cost to attend.  Workshop will be conducted by KDWPT staff and experienced hunters and will cover calling techniques, laws, and trapping techniques. and more.  Will be appropriate for novice to experienced hunters.

City: Little Apple Glow Paddle - Tuttle Creek State Park

Location: Kansas River Manhattan

Type: float trip

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Contact: Todd J. Lovin

Phone No: 785-539-7941

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Other Information:

The Little Apple Glow Paddle is a short float trip on the Kansas River in Manhattan,  KS.  The float trip will give the opportunity to experience the Fall beauty and end in darkness for a cool experience.  It is a partnership between Manhattan Parks and Rec, Manhattan CVB, and the State Park.  People with their own boat can float with the group for $10.  Canoes and Kayaks can be rented and float with the group at $15 for a single kayak and $30 for a two-person canoe or kayak.  All life jackets, paddles and shuttles provided.   To register contact Marcia Rozell at 785-776-8829 or

City: Friends of the Prairie Spirit Trail- Children's Haunted House- "Haunted Hoedown"

Location: Garnett Depot in Garnett, KS

Type: Children's Haunted House

Date: Monday, October 31, 2016

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Other Information:

Bring the kids to the Garnett Depot transformed for Halloween to host a "Haunted Hoedown".  Free hotdogs and treats.

City: Lawrence Trail Hawks-Sanders

Location: Overlook Area

Type: Trail race

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Contact: Sherri Klover

Phone No: 913-558-7622

Time: 5:00 am - 9:00 pm

Other Information:

Sanders Saunter. Start and Finish overlook area

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Lovewell State Park 3D Shoot and Free Park Entrance Day Sept. 11
    WEBBER – Lovewell State Park, in Jewell County, is sponsoring a 3D archery shoot on Sunday, Sept 11. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants can register at the state park archery range, located just north of Cottonwood Campground. All shooters must complete the course by 12 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested to enter and prizes will be awarded fo ... Read More
  • Free Entrance at Kansas State Parks April 23
    PRATT – Soak up the sun, hike a trail, build a craft, enter a 5K, shoot some archery – whatever floats your boat, chances are you’ll be able to enjoy it at a Kansas state park on April 23 during the 2016 Open House event and the best part is, it may only cost you the gas it takes to get there.In an effort to showcase the many exciting and fun t ... Read More
  • Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Grants Available
    PRATT – The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) is a part of the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is administered in Kansas by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). ORLP awards substantial one-to-one matching grants to help urbanized communities provide outdoor recreational ... Read More