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Outdoor Yellow Brick Road Trip

The wild is calling. Answer it. Beyond the culture and history there exists an element of Kansas that, once experienced, will never be forgotten. Sweeping scenery stretching beyond the horizon; indigenous and migratory wildlife that captivates and bewilders; solitude and freedom only to be found on the untamed, open prairies. It's the heartland at its most magnificent, a treasure for those inclined to answer the call of the wild.

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Topeka Listings

Kansas River Trail

(785) 312-7200 Junction City to Kansas City Map it
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The Kansas River is one of the world’s longest prairie rivers, providing countless recreational opportunities and wildlife... Learn more

Kaw River State Park

(785) 273-6740 5630 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka Map it
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Entrance located north of SW 6th Street, about 1/2 mile west of Fairlawn Road in Topeka

Kaw River is the only... Learn more

Landon Nature Trail

PO Box 3863, Topeka to Pomona Map it
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The Landon Nature Trail is on nearly 40 miles of the former Missouri-Pacific Railroad linking Topeka’s Shunga Trail,... Learn more

Ottawa Listings

Flint Hills Nature Trail

PO Box 3863, Osawatomie to Herington Map it
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The Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches for 117 miles across east-central Kansas, from Osawatomie in the east to Herington in... Learn more

Prairie Spirit Trail

(785) 448-6767 Ottawa to Iola Map it
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The Prairie Spirit Trail in eastern Kansas is a 51 mile long path through small towns, scenic prairie and occasional... Learn more

Strong City Listings

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

(620) 767-5882 207 W. Main St., Council Grove Map it
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The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway provides a glimpse of where the West begins in the vistas of open spaces and... Learn more

Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge

(620) 392-5553 530 Maple, Hartford Map it

This Refuge is managed primarily for migratory waterfowl. Intensive use by ducks and geese occurs during the spring and fall... Learn more

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

(620) 273-8494 2480 B Kansas Hwy 177, Strong City Map it
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Nearly 11,000 acres of wide open space, beautiful vistas, seasonal wildflowers, wildlife, bison herd, and plenty of... Learn more

Marquette Listings

Kanopolis Reservoir, State Park, and Smoky Hill Wildlife Area

(785) 546-2565 200 Horsethief Rd, Marquette Map it
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Located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway northwest of Marquette along K-141, about 5 miles north of the K-4/K-141... Learn more

Marquette Pioneer Trail

(785) 546-2205 PO Box 401, Marquette Map it

The Marquette Pioneer Trail is located in Marquette, Kansas. The 2.8-mile trail surface is rolled and packed asphalt millings... Learn more

Mushroom Rock State Park

(785) 546-2565 200 Horsethief Rd, Marquette Map it
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Located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway northwest of Marquette about 5 miles north of Kanopolis Reservoir and State... Learn more

Prairie Trail Scenic Byway

(800) 756-3596 505 E. 2nd St., Lindsborg Map it
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The Prairie Trail Scenic Byway offers scenic, historic, natural, cultural, archeological, recreational amenities as well as... Learn more

Sylvan Grove Listings

Post Rock Scenic Byway

(785) 525-6288 Box 186, Lucas Map it
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The Post Rock Scenic Byway traverses the beautiful Smoky Hills and across the Wilson Lake dam. Many of the hilltops provide... Learn more

Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail at Wilson State Park

(785) 658-2465 #3 State Park Road, Sylvan Grove Map it
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Located in the rough breaks of the Saline River Valley of Central KS within Wilson State Park. Over 22 miles of continuous... Learn more

Wilson Reservoir, State Park and Wildlife Area

(785) 658-2465 #3 State Park Rd, Sylvan Grove Map it
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Located along the Post Rock Scenic Byway about 5 miles north of I-70, west of K-232

Located in the heart of the... Learn more

Great Bend Listings

Arkansas River Hike & Bike Trail

(620) 793-4111 South Washington Street, Stone Lake, Great Bend Map it
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This hike/bike trail is about 6 miles long and is along the Arkansas River. Great for wildlife viewing while you exercise. Learn more

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge

6207937730 56 Northeast 40 Road, Great Bend Map it
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Cheyenne Bottoms is part of the National Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway drive. It is a complex of marshy basins in... Learn more

Kansas Wetlands Educational Center

(620) 566-1456 592 NE K-156 Hwy, Great Bend Map it
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The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is located on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway and overlooks Cheyenne... Learn more

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

(620) 486-2393 1434 NE 80th St., St. John Map it
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Quivira NWR is one of a system of over 500 refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Refuge... Learn more

Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway

(620) 792-2750 3007 10th St., Great Bend Map it
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The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway is anchored by two of the largest wetland ecosystems in the world: Cheyenne... Learn more

Ellis Listings

Castle Rock

(785) 754-3538 15 miles S and 4 miles E of Quinter, Quinter Map it

Thousands of years ago, this area was covered by a chalk ocean, which accounts for the chalk bluffs and beds. The chalk... Learn more

Cedar Bluff Reservoir, State Park, and Wildlife Area

(785) 726-3212 32001 147 Hwy, Ellis Map it
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Located along the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway on K-147, 13 miles south of I-70 (Exit 135)

The more than 14,000 acres... Learn more

Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

(785) 743-2268 PO Box 488, WaKeeney
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The Smoky Valley Scenic Byway greets its visitors with picturesque windmills, grazing cattle, and wonderful wildflowers. The... Learn more

Threshing Machine Canyon

(785) 726-3212 32001 147 Hwy, Ellis Map it
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One of the best-kept secrets in the state, Threshing Machine Canyon, lies near the park. Located along the old Butterfield... Learn more

Scott City Listings

Battle of Punished Woman's Fork at Battle Canyon

(620) 872-5912 Hwy 95, Scott City Map it
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Travel to the place where the last Indian battle in Kansas was fought on September 27, 1878. Punished Woman’s Fork is about... Learn more

Lake Scott Park and Wildlife Area

(620) 872-2061 101 West Scott Lake Drive, Scott City Map it
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Located along the Western Vistas Historic Byway about 11 miles north of Scott City, west of US-83 on K-95

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Monument Rocks National Landmark

(785) 671-1000 Jayhawk Rd, Oakley Map it
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One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Cretaceous chalk formations, Chalk Rock Towers, Butterfield Trail marker. No services... Learn more

Western Vistas Historic Byway

(785) 671-1000 3083 US Hwy 83, Oakley Map it
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Western Vistas Historic Byway is a 102-mile route that begins in Scott County at Scott City on US-83 and ends on US-40 in... Learn more