Native Stone

Scenic Byway

Discover the natural beauty of the panoramic 75-mile-long Native Stone Scenic Byway. Seen in everything from hillsides to courthouses, these amazing natural limestone formations and stonework used in architecture can be found along highways K-177, K-18, K-4, and K-99 in the Mission Creek and Mill Creek valleys, as well as through the stunning Flint Hills.

Limestone is the bedrock on which much of Kansas rests, and this stone has been the building block of many historical buildings and the source of countless natural landmarks. The Native Stone Scenic Byway highlights the natural wonder of rock formations and the fantastic craftwork of masons who built the small towns and communities with native stone.

  • Route Description

    Distance: 75 miles

    Topeka, KS to Manhattan, KS: Beginning on the outskirts of southwest Topeka, KS, on K-4, head west on K-4 towards Eskridge, KS. Continue west on K-4 about 10 more miles and make a right on K-99 towards Alma, KS. Continue north on K-99 for 20 miles and then turn left onto K-18 towards Wabaunsee, KS. Follow K-18 for roughly 11 miles heading west towards Manhattan, KS. Once you reach K-177 just outside of Manhattan, make a left onto K-177 and continue for 8 miles until the route concludes at I-70 exit 313.

    Manhattan, KS to Topeka, KS: Beginning at the 313 exit on I-70 just south of Manhattan, KS, head north on K-177 for about 8 miles until you reach the outskirts of Manhattan. At the intersection of K-177 and K-18, make a right onto K-18. Continue east for an additional 11 miles towards Wabaunsee, KS, until you reach the intersection for K-18 and K-99 just east of Wabaunsee. Make a right onto K-99 and head south towards Alma, KS. Stay on K-99 for 20 miles until you reach the intersection of K-99 and K-4. Make a left onto K-4 and continue onwards for 10 miles until you reach Eskridge, KS. Remain on K-4 until you reach the outskirts of southwest Topeka, where the Byway eventually ends.

  • Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Open since April 2012, the Flint Hills Discovery Center is a 35,000 square foot facility that immerses visitors within the wonder and beauty…

    Alma Creamery, LLC

    Alma Creamery is the "Home of the famous Alma Cheese." It has been producing Alma Cheese, a variety of 'Nibblin' Good' Handmade Natural…

    Beecher Bible and Rifle Church

    When the Kansas-Nebraska Bill passed in May 1854, it allowed Kansans to have a say about whether theirs would be a free or a slave state…

    Big Bertha's Diner

    Big Bertha's Diner in Eskridge serves home cooked meals and pies daily with a rotating menu. Stop by for home cooked breakfast made to…

    The Volland Store

    The renovation of The Volland Store has saved as much of the Kratzer brothers’ original structure as possible, and present-day…

    Pacheco Beef Shop

    Pacheco Beef is a family business that is dedicated to providing high-quality beef directly to Kansas' family tables. We are Arturo and…

    Plumlee Buffalo Ranch

    Welcome to their family operated 400 acre buffalo ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas. We are located on the southwest corner of Interstate…

  • Things to do along the way

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    For more information about the Native Stone Scenic Byway, contact:

    Marsha Ericson 
    785-220-4634
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