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: Kansas Rails-to-Trails Fall Ultra Extravaganza

Location: Celebration Hall and the Prairie Spirit Trail- 220W 17th Street, Ottawa, KS 66067

Type: Ultra Running

Dates: 10/28/17 - 10/29/17

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

Ultra Running events of 100 miles, 50 miles, and 50K on the beautiful Prairie Spirit Trail.  Please go to

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City: Heartland Coursing Assn.

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: HCA Lure Coursing

Dates: 10/28/17 - 10/29/17

Contact: Vickie Jacobs

Phone No: 785-379-5430 / 785-640-2662

Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Other Information:

This event is in the Clinton State Park day use area. HCA Lure Coursing. East/West Field

City: Little Apple Glow Paddle - Tuttle Creek State Park

Location: Kansas River Manhattan

Type: float trip

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

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 Manhattan Parks and Recreation.




Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017


Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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City: Lawrence Trail Hawks-Sanders

Location: Overlook Area

Type: Trail race

Dates: 11/11/17 - 11/12/17

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
  • Learn About Trapping And Predator Calling At Tuttle Creek State Park
    MANHATTAN – Tuttle Creek State Park staff, along with local experts, invite the public to attend a free afternoon workshop on the ins and outs of trapping and calling predators. The Nov. 4 workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the park office, 5800 A River Pond Rd, in Manhattan. Preregistration is not required to attend.Thirteen furbea ... Read More
  • Hike Into The Night Oct. 6 at Tuttle Creek State Park
    PRATT – If stepping into the unknown and going on an expedition is something that sounds fun to you, and you’re not too scared of the dark, here’s an event with your name on it – Tuttle Creek State Park’s Nite Hike. On Oct. 6, adventure-seeking hikers will embark on an hour-long hike through Tuttle Creek State Park from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Th ... Read More
  • Tuttle Creek State Park To Host Guided Bike Ride
    PRATT – Clip on a helmet, stretch out your legs, and prepare to experience Tuttle Creek State Park in a whole new way! In celebration of national Bike Your Park Day on Sept. 30, a 5-mile guided bike ride will be offered at Tuttle Creek State Park, 5800 River Pond Rd A, Manhattan. The free, family-friendly event will take place from 7:30 a.m. - ... Read More