Over the Smoky Hills of weathered bedrock, the Post Rock Scenic Byway winds through fields, pastures and prairie. The landscape's unique beauty and challenges required pioneers to earn their space here. And the legacy of their creativity and resourcefulness lives on. Just look at the stone fence posts for which this route was named - as functional as the day they were erected. Pioneers solved their fencing problems on the largely treeless plains by quarrying and then shaping limestone slabs. Today, that same innovative spirit has given rise to many independently minded artists, farmers and ranchers in the region.
The area's many hills, creeks and valleys create habitat attractive to a range of wildlife. Here, hardy wildflowers flourish, along with countless acres of rich grazing land carpeted with native grasses. At Wilson Lake and Wildlife Area alone, more than 225 species of birds are known to visit in a year's time. The lake is also one of the state's premier spots for fishing, hiking, water skiing or just relaxing. In addition, the area maintains one of the best mountain bike trails in Kansas. And don't forget to look up. The boundless sky in Post Rock country is a favorite of photographers, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Begin your tour in Wilson, the Czech Capitol of Kansas. Check out the limestone architecture of the restored Midland Hotel.
At the I-70 interchange with K-232, drop in at the Kansas Originals Market to shop for Kansas-made products. Continue north on the byway to Wilson Lake as you wind through the Smoky Hills on the route.
Stop at the turnout on the east end of the Wilson Lake Dam and read the informational sign that tells about the area history and when the dam was built. At the west end of the dam is the Scenic Byway Kiosk with all there is to see and do in the area.
Travel north to Lucas where homemade Czech bologna and smoked meats are available at Brant's Market. The Garden of Eden in Lucas is an excellent example of grassroots or primitive art. The Grassroots Art Center includes more work by self-taught primitive artists. The Art Center's courtyard presents fine examples of limestone used for architectural purposes.Don't miss the heritage mural on the north side of the grocery store, the World's Largest Travel Plate on K-18 highway on the east side of Lucas, Bowl Plaza, the only public restroom covered in "bling", and the World's Largest Things just south of the Garden of Eden.
For more information about the Post Rock Scenic Byway, contact:Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce email@example.com 785-525-6288