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.

  • Plan Your Road Trip

    Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie

    Envisioned over 50 years ago as place to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the Connecticut abolitionists who helped defeat slavery…

    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…

    The Volland Foundation

    The Volland Foundation’s renovation of the Kratzer Brother’s Mercantile and other sites on its campus have helped Volland reclaim its role…

    Alma Creamery, LLC

    New Retail Location! Stop by our newest retail location right off I-70 at the Plaza of the Flint Hills! See our full list of retail…

    Lake Wabaunsee

    Lake Wabaunsee is a wonderful recreational lake and community to call home, vacation or just visit! This spring-fed lake cannot be matched…

    Hilda's Diner

    Hilda’s Diner in Eskridge serves home cooked meals and pies daily with a rotating menu. Stop by for home cooked breakfast made to order!…

    The Antique Emporium of Alma

    This large multi-dealer shop located in Historic Downtown Alma has 9 rooms full of antiques and collectibles. Open 6 days a week for your…

    Mill Creek Lodge At Volland Point

    The ranch homestead dates from 1865 and is a Registered National Historical Site. The three story stone guest house provides 9 bedrooms and…

    Tuttle Creek - Randolph Park

    Home to Tuttle Creek State Park’s equestrian trails, Randolph offers 20 electric sites with a community water hook-up system throughout the…

    Konza Prairie Biological Station

    8,600 acres of quiet, rolling hills marked with flint and limestone dominate the landscapes around Manhattan KS. Kansas State University…

    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…

  • Things to do along the way


    Kansas Byways

    Gypsum Hills

    Ancient floodplains, buttes, canyons, mesas and sinkholes are rare on the Great Plains. Yet, nestled in the Kansas grasslands is the Gypsum…

    Wetlands & Wildlife

    Along the byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities shaped by the powerful forces of motion and change. You're entering a…

    Prairie Trail

    When you travel the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, you follow in the steps of Native Americans, explorers and pioneers as they sought food…

    Route 66

    Kansas' Historic Route 66 Byway offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy a variety of experiences to "get their own kicks…

    Smoky Valley

    Named for their hazy, blue appearance at sunrise and sunset, the Smoky Hills divide the more easterly mixed-grass prairie from the…

    Western Vistas

    Visit a rugged landscape on the culturally and visually fascinating route known as the Western Vistas Historic Byway. 

    Glacial Hills

    The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway gets its name from the rolling hills and rock-strewn valleys carved by ancient glaciers. 

    Land & Sky

    Travelers along the Land and Sky Scenic Byway have the opportunity to experience the Wallace Branch of the Great Western Cattle Trail, scale…

    Post Rock

    Over the Smoky Hills of weathered bedrock, the Post Rock Scenic Byway winds through fields, pastures and prairie.

    Frontier Military

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

    Flint Hills

    The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie - one of the last…

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

    Marsha Ericson