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: FRIENDS OF THE LAKE-PANCAKE FEED

Location: EL DORADO STATE PARK

Type: PANCAKE FEED

Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017

Contact: PARK OFFICE

Phone No: 316-320-7180

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

City: Jr Camper's Club

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Bluffton Area

Type: Kids Event

Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

Contact the Cedar Bluff Office for more details 785-726-3212

City: Heartland Coursing Assn.

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: Lure Coursing

Dates: 05/27/17 - 05/28/17

Contact: Vickie Jacobs

Phone No: 785-640-2662

Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Other Information:

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

City: National Trails Day

Location: Fall River State Park

Type: Trail Hike/Bike

Date: Saturday, June 03, 2017

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

Other Information:

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking or mountain biking one of seven trails at Fall River. Or check out the new Badger Creek Trail just recently completed by the Kansas Trails Council, it's connected to our Bluestem Trail located in the Quarry Bay Area. Insect repellent, water, and sunscreen are recommended. Check with the office for a guided hike.

City: National Trails Day - Free Park Entrance to the Prairie Spirit Trail

Location: Prairie Spirit Trail

Type: National Trails Day

Date: Saturday, June 03, 2017

Other Information:

A big welcome to all hikers and bikers.  Enjoy the Prairie Spirit Trail without having to get a permit, on National Trails Day.

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Let’s Camp Kansas!
    PRATT – C’mon Kansas, let’s go camping! There are 26 Kansas state parks just waiting for you to explore, and it won’t be more fun or affordable than it will be on May 6, 2017. That’s when Kansas state parks will recognize the “Let’s Camp America!” campaign, sponsored by America’s State Parks, and offer free park entrance to visitors. In its thi ... Read More
  • Tuttle Creek State Park Selected For BlueCHIP Award
    PRATT – Tuttle Creek State Park near Manhattan was recently chosen to receive a $2,500 BlueCHIP Award by BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA). BlueCHIP Awards are issued through a community health improvement program created seven years ago by KRPA and BCBSKS to recognize and reward Kans ... Read More
  • Waconda Lake To Host Annual Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt
    GLEN ELDER ­– The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and sponsoring partners will conduct the 2016 Youth and Women’s Celebrity Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake (Glen Elder Reservoir) on Saturday, Dec. 10. The event will begin at 7:15 a.m. with breakfast in the Hopewell Church basement at Glen Elder State Park, followed by a p ... Read More

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