Prairie Trail Scenic Byway

Communities

The Prairie Trail Scenic Byway is home to a lot of small-town allure. The towns of Kanopolis, Canton, and Marquette are easily the smallest and quietest of the bunch. Canton is home to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. In between Kanopolis and Marquette are two must-see Kansas State Parks: Kanopolis State Park and Mushroom Rock State Park

The towns of Lindsborg and Ellsworth, each with about 3,000 residents, both contain rich histories and gorgeous surrounding landscapes! Lindsborg is famous for being "Little Sweden, USA" after Swedish immigrants founded the city in 1869. Ellsworth was once known as the "Wickedest Castletown in Kansas."  At one point in time, it was said to be even more restless than Abilene and Dodge City! As the saying went: "Abilene, the first, Dodge City, the last, but Ellsworth the wickedest."

The largest community is McPherson, a historically Scottish community that boasts rich cultural roots in agriculture, industry, small business, and sports! Within McPherson is the McPherson Museum, McPherson Opera House, and the McPherson Mural Collection!

Prairie Trail Scenic Byway Map

Kansas Byways

Post Rock

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

Glacial Hills

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

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…

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. 

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…

Native Stone

Discover the natural beauty of the panoramic Native Stone Scenic Byway.

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…

Route 66

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

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