Opt Outside

So you're not mentally prepared to spend your morning on November 26 in a crowded line… What do you do? Easy, #OptOutside at a Kansas State Park!

All Kansas State Parks are waiving their entry fees, and you may even win yourself a FREE night’s stay in a state park cabin of your choice. Whether you want a leisurely stroll along an easy-to-navigate trail, you want an adventurous mountain bike experience, or you just want to see another part of the Sunflower State that you haven’t explored, there’s a Kansas State Park just for you.

While this movement originally started with the retailer REI as a way to encourage employees and customers to explore the outdoors, it’s evolved into a movement to move away from the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and to give yourself some space in nature.

#OptOutside participants are encouraged to shoot a selfie while in the park and post it with #OptOutside and #MyKSStatePark that day for the chance at the FREE cabin stay.

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Explore Kansas State Pars

Glen Elder

Long before civilization, native people came to be healed within the sacred waters of Waconda Springs. The springs are now deep within Glen…

Clinton

Clinton State Park is a 1,400 acre island of unspoiled nature amid the suburban sprawl of northeast Kansas.

Crawford

Where the Ozarks spill into Kansas, in the Great Depression the government gave jobs to hundreds of destitute men with the Civilian…

Elk City

Elk City State Park sits in a gorgeous valley with natural greatness on both sides. 

Lovewell

It’s been called the “Serengeti of the Sky”, when hundreds of thousands of northward migrating snow geese arrive at…

Prairie Dog

On the high plains of northwest Kansas, Prairie Dog State Park is a rare and welcome place to play in the water and shade.

Wilson

Terms like “world-class” and “one of the nation’s best” are usually unwarranted. Both are accurate for Wilson…

Perry

Perry State Park sits well within Kansas, but with long ridges of hickory and assorted oaks it wouldn’t look out of place in the…

Meade

“Oasis” may be the best way to describe this 400-acre paradise shaded by tall cottonwoods, with an 80-acre lake of cool…

Kaw River

On the Kansas River kayaks and canoes often float in solitude as they pass towering cottonwoods, nesting bald eagles, kingfishers, otters…

Webster

Far from any sizable cities, many might consider Webster State Park “in the middle of nowhere.” Those who know the park will…

Mushroom Rock

Just south of Salina stands one of Kansas' many natural wonders - Mushroom Rocks.

Little Jerusalem Badlands

Welcome to the "Badlands of Kansas" - Little Jerusalem State Park in Western Kansas is truly a sight to see!

Cedar Bluff

A few minutes south of the hustle and hassle of I-70 in western Kansas, life goes relaxingly slow at Cedar Bluff State Park. 

Flint Hills Trail State Park

It’s the kind of place where you can travel many miles in near silence as your hiking boots or bike tires move over a surface velvety…

Cheney

The park’s 1,900 acres are laced with good trails and dotted with shaded cabins and campsites. In the reservoir you can sample some of…

El Dorado

El Dorado State Park’s 4,000 acres makes it Kansas’ largest. Yet you can be as secluded or social as you like amid landscapes…

Sand Hills

Rather than water, it’s the work of the wind that draws people to Sand Hills State Park.

Cross Timbers

Southeast Kansas’ Cross Timbers region is a narrow, rugged, 50-mile finger of steeply timbered hillsides that rise to towering…

Eisenhower

Within Eisenhower State Park sits 1,000 acres of some of the last wild prairie in eastern Kansas. 

Kanopolis

Carson and Custer once explored the jagged prairies in what’s now Kanopolis State Park on horseback.

Prairie Spirit Trail

A century ago Kansans took the train from town to town, watching the countryside lazily pass as they road the rails.

Fall River

Life’s easy at Fall River State Park, where crowds are few but recreational possibilities are many.

Historic Lake Scott

Just north of Scott City lays a stunning canyon nestled among the prairie and natural springs.

Pomona

For decades visitors have come to Pomona State Park by automobile. Now, they’re also coming by horseback and bicycle.

Tuttle Creek

Tuttle Creek State Park is a story of two special places. One sits where both land and lake are expansive, with a campground on classic…

Milford

Kansas’ largest, Milford Reservoir has enough shoreline to reach from Kansas City to Salina. The waters within that 161 miles of land…

Hillsdale

Hillsdale State Park is only minutes away from the 2 million-plus people of the greater Kansas City area. It’s a place where…

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