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  • Published on Jul 28, 2016
    Explore Lake Scott State Park

    Being located in Kansas, not a lot of people think of it as a place with beautiful state parks. Sure the Flint Hills are beautiful and we know that, but most outsiders have no clue how pretty some of Kansas' state parks are! To prove the point, in 2014 The Active Times complied a list of "36 Stunning U.S. State Parks". Out of those 36, THREE state parks in Kansas made the list.

    One of those parks that made the list was Lake Scott State Park, checking in at No. 23 on the list. Located in Scott City, Kansas, you will be hard pressed to find a more gorgeous park with so much rich history as well as great activities and camping. In this post we will give you some information on what to do if you travel to Lake Scott while also highlighting some of the history behind the park.

    What to Do

    At Lake Scott State Park you and your crew can find plenty of great activities to do while surrounded by a ton of beauty. When you enter the park it is just five dollars a day for admission. Some of the activities you can do include fishing, swimming, hiking gorgeous bluffs, biking up trails that have great views, RV'ing, kayaking, canoeing and even horseback riding. One of the most unique features the park has to offer is the camping amongst the canyons and bluffs. When people here of canyons and bluffs, they definitely don't think of Kansas!

    If you are planning to camp in the park, they have a ton of different options as well as great locations. If you want to camp in the canyon and have great scenery as well as a good chance to spot some wildlife, then head over to Timber Canyon. If you need hookups and want a family friendly atmosphere, Lake Scott State Park has plenty of areas for that as well. It all depends on what you want to get out of your trip. No matter what type of trip you are taking though you are sure to have a blast!


    Now most state parks have some sort of history, but at Lake Scott State Park, they have history that dates back before the United States of America was even formed! The first people that lived in and around what is now Lake Scott State Park were Native Americans. In the state park now there are more than 25 archeological sites, as well as El Cuartelejo, a National Historic Landmark that was built by the Taos Indians in the 1600s. The ruins of this landmark are available to see at anytime. How cool is that to be able to see something that was built more than 200 years before Kansas was even a state!

    In addition to the ruins, El Quartelejo also has a museum in Scott City. This museum is free and features local things that have been present in the area from hundreds of years. Most of the museum is dedicated to the large fossil history, and children can even find fossils for themselves in sandboxes.

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    If you are traveling to see this amazing state park, be sure to stop on by Harper Camperland where we offer a great selection of RVs!

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