Glacial Hills

Scenic Byway

The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway gets its name from the rolling hills and rock-strewn valleys carved by ancient glaciers. The receding ice left behind a beautiful landscape and highly fertile farmland. On July 4, 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition celebrated the first Independence Day of their journey near what is now Atchison. Fifty years later, the Kansas-Nebraska Act opened the Kansas Territory, and settlers were drawn to the area's rich soil and nearby rivers.

The Glacial Hills region also includes one of the most famous Pony Express routes as well as Fort Leavenworth, the oldest Army post in continuous existence west of the Missouri River. Abraham Lincoln delivered one of his most famous campaign speeches in the area in 1859, and years later people would watch Atchison resident Amelia Earhart grow up to be a renowned aviator.

  • Driving Directions

    Distance: 63 miles

    Traveling south to north: The route begins where K-7 and K-92 intersect near the gates of Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, KS. Travel north on K-7 to Atchison and Troy. Just outside of Troy, turn right onto 180th Spur, which eventually becomes 180th Road. Turn left onto Last Chance Road. Turn left onto 195th Road, which eventually becomes 195th Access Road. At K-7, turn right and continue north to White Cloud, KS, and the byway’s end at the Kansas/Nebraska border.

    Traveling north to south: The route begins at the Kansas/Nebraska border near White Cloud, KS. Continue south on K-7 to Troy. Just outside of Troy, turn left onto 195th Access Road, which eventually becomes 195th Road. Turn right onto Last Chance Road. Turn right onto 180th Road, which eventually becomes 180th Spur. At K-7, turn left and continue south to Atchison and the byway’s end where K-7 and K-92 intersect near the gates of Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, KS.

  • Plan Your Road Trip

    Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

    At the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, visitors have the opportunity to explore the home in which world-renowned aviatrix Amelia Earhart…

    The Haunted 1889 McInteer Villa

    The McInteer Villa is one of Atchison’s most unique residences. Built in 1889-1890 for John McInteer, a pioneer businessman of Atchison, KS…

    Historic Downtown Leavenworth

    Enjoy the modern life of the First City of Kansas. A full service downtown with over 275 businesses including 22 restaurants offering…

    Ma-Hush-Kah Historical Society

    The Ma-Hush-Kah Historical Society in White Cloud, Kansas is named after Chief White Cloud of the Ioway Tribe. It owns & operates the…

    C. W. Parker Carousel Museum

    Tour a museum of carousel artifacts and history. This particular carousel is unique in that the animals are hand carved and each is…

    Wilbur Chapman Monument

    Depicts the story of a boy who with $3 bought a pig, raised it, sold it for $25, gave the money to the Leper Mission to care for a child for…

    Four State Lookout

    4-State Lookout in White Cloud has been named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. A viewing platform offers a panorama of the broad Missouri…

    Peter Toth Indian Monument

    "Tall Oak" Indian monument sits in the courtyard of the Doniphan County Courthouse in Troy. This Kansas Monument was sculpted by Peter Toth…

    Nelson Rogers House

    This one-and-a-half story center-gable house is constructed of hand-hewn timbers. The corner posts are hand-hewn cottonwood, and the windows…

    Carroll Mansion Museum

    This 1880's Victorian house features elaborate handcrafted woodwork throughout the house, beautiful stained glass windows and elegant…

  • Things to do along the way


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    Travel through time, visiting multiple forts along the Frontier Military Historic Byway.  Originally built to move soldiers and…

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    For more information about the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway, contact:

    Gary Satter
    Glacial Hills RC&D
    (785) 608-8801
    Visit Atchison
    (800) 234-1854