Perry State Park sits well within Kansas, but with long ridges of hickory and assorted oaks it wouldn’t look out of place in the Ozarks.
It’s a haven for wildlife watchers. May’s warbler migration can bring dozens of species of bright birds. Bald eagles, buntings, blue birds and crow-sized pileated woodpeckers live there year-round.
Over 40 miles of multi-use trails take guests through long tunnels of lavender red buds in the spring, and amid brilliant yellows and reds of wild ivys and oaks in the fall.
As well as those wild, quiet places there are beaches, popular campgrounds and a marina.