Just north of Scott City lays a stunning canyon nestled among the prairie and natural springs. The historic Scott State Park boasts 26 archaeological sites and attracts campers, hikers, horseback riders, and nature enthusiasts. History buffscan also explore the area settlers called home and the location of the last Native-American battle in Kansas.
It’s almost impossible to not stop and stare when you see this place from above. There is a shimmering lake of 100 acres at the bottom of a rugged canyon so tall you’re looking down at the tops of giant cottonwoods dancing in the wind.
After the slow, curving drive into the valley you see cabins, campers and lake-side tents bathed in shade. You’ll find trails into terrain that’ll remind you of an old western movie.
Within minutes you will understand why National Geographic Explorer and other prestigious publications so often rank Historic Lake Scott State Park one of the most scenic parks in America.