Native Stone

Discover the natural beauty of the panoramic 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 both the natural wonder of rock formations and the amazing craftwork of masons who built the small towns and communities with native stone.

  • Route Description

    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.

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

    Marsha Ericson 

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