The Prairie Trail Scenic Byway offers scenic, historic, natural, cultural, archeological, recreational amenities as well as shopping, lodging, dining and other unique experiences.
The byway begins at the southern end in Canton, Kan., home of two water towers, Hot and Cold. It is also the site of the last Carnegie Library to be built. The Stars and Stripes Military Museum is located there as is Three Sisters Victorian Tea and Treasures. Travel north out of Canton on the byway to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge where visitors can watch buffalo and elk on the prairie. Continue north through Roxbury and turn west on Smoky Valley Road. The views include Twin Mounds and Battle Hill. Noted Kansas artist, Maleta Forsberg, has created an art gallery in the former one-room Olive Springs School House. Continue west to US 81 and turn north to Lindsborg. Known as Little Sweden, Lindsborg abounds with shopping, lodging and dining, as well as art galleries--the Birger Sandzen, Lester Raymer's Red Barn Studio, Small World, Courtyard Gallery, etc. The Old Mill Museum complex provides a glimpse of a restored roller mill. Wild Dala horses decorate downtown. Designed by local artists, the Dala horses have unique names such as Hello Dala! and Fala the Dala Brick Road. Take a short side trip north of Lindsborg to Coronado Heights to get an outstanding view of the Smoky River Valley. When you head back to Lindsborg, continue west on K-4 past the Goverland Stage Coach and then on to Marquette. Marquette is home to the Marquette Museum telling the story of the community and the Kansas Motorcycle Museum which centers around the career of racing legend Stan "the Man" Engdahl. Continue west on K-4 and turn north on K-141 to Kanopolis Lake Park for recreational opportunities including fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, etc. Many species of shore birds as well as bald eagles can be seen around the Lake. The Millenium Legacy Trail provides hiking and horseback riding opportunities and an auto tour. Continue north and follow the signs to Mushroom Rock State Park to see mushroom-shaped geological wonders. Enjoy the Smoky Hills views along the way. From the end of the byway at K-140, turn west to Ellsworth to experience a true cattle drover experience.
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