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    13037 State Hwy 261 PO BOX 431 Norton, KS 67654

    • Steve Mathes Nature Trail
      • Length – 1.4 miles
      • Terrain – Concrete, and dirt
      • Difficulty level - Easy
      • Usage - Walking
      • First 1000ft are ADA accessible.
  • Modern Cabins
    Primitive Cabins
    Primitive Campsites
    Electric and Water Hookups
    Electric-only Hookups
    Full Hookups

    Exploring one of the 28 Kansas State Parks provides visitors an opportunity to see the natural beauty of this amazing state. The state parks system includes a rail trail, historic structures and events.

    • Prairie dogs
    • Owls
    • Coyotes
    • Turkeys
    • Pheasant
    • Waterfowl
    • Bald eagles (sesasonal)
    • Golden eagles (seasonal)
    • Largemouth bass
    • Wipers
    • Crappie
    • Saugeye
    • Channel catfish
  • The first thousand feet of the trail is ADA.  There are 15 ADA campsite pads.
  • The Last Adobe House in Kansas

    Visitors can tour an adobe building that was originally built in 1892. The house was preserved by a group of activists during the park’s creation.

    The Hillmon Schoolhouse

    This one-room schoolhouse, built-in 1887, was relocated to Prairie Dog State Park in the 1960s.

    Destination Kitchen

    Your “destination” for top brand kitchen ware, gadgets and supplies. Enjoy lunch with signature sandwiches, salads, brick oven pizza…

    Norton Aquatic Center

    "2 water slides, 2 diving boards, zero depth entry, baby pool, lap pool, bath house, concession area and Red Cross certified swimming…

    Norton County Historical Museum

    1938 WPA Stone Library, Historical Society and Museum. The Museum has been housed in Norton's original Public Library since 1992. This…

    Norton Elmwood Park Speedway

    Configuration: Semi-Banked Oval, Length: 1/2 mi., Surface: Dirt Directions: 1 mile south of US 36 and US 283 intersection. Turn east after…

    Norton Historic Theatre

    The Norton Theatre is a twin movie theatre showing premier and non-premier movies 6 days a week. The Theatre is staffed with volunteers…

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    About Kansas State Parks

    Kansas State Parks


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