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  • Published on Jun 08, 2015
    Top State Parks in Kansas

    With summer finally here, now is a great time to get to several state parks in Kansas and the surrounding areas. Visiting State Parks not only gives you a sense of how beautiful land close to home can be, but it also gives you a chance to really explore and see everything the great state of Kansas has to offer.

    Here are some state parks that you can visit this summer that will have you and your crew coming back for more!

    Marquette, KS

    Kanopolis State Park lays claim to some of the most scenic hiking trails found in Kansas. Friends and family can explore the 5.5-mile long Horsethief trail filled with red sandy paths and rolling hills. Beautiful rock columns, boulders and small caves can also be seen from the trails making this hiking spot all the more unique. If water crossings keep you from the trails, horseback riding is available for those who seek to explore areas which may be difficult to reach on foot. If you’re lucky enough, you may even see some of the local residents, prairie dogs! 
    Plenty of camping is available for tents and RVs alike at Langley Point and Horsethief.

    Sylvan Grove, KS

    Wilson Lake is known for its unusually clear waters and prosperous striped bass population. Many consider the park to be one of the most beautiful in the entire state. Built by the U.S. Army corps of engineers, it is registered as a natural and scientific area and features many different types of activities. Five different hiking trails encircle the lake for your choosing in addition to a sixth 13-mile long mountain bike trail. Whether it’s camping, hiking, or fishing Wilson Lake will make for an enjoyable addition to anyones summer.

    Tent and RV Camping are available in Hell Creek and Otoe.

    Cheney, KS

    Cheney State Park is a great option if you don’t want to spend much time in transit. Located about a half hour Northeast of Harper, Cheney State park has three different nature trails for your exploration including a 5-mile bicycle/walking trail. If by chance you enjoy sailing, the Cheney reservoir is also known to be one of the top sailing lakes in the whole United States!

    Cheney State Park also features one of the largest camping options around. They have more than 200 reservable campsites that feature water and electrical hookups. If you are into primitive camping, they have more than 400 spots available. Cheney State Park is a great starter destination for anyone interested in camping or RV camping.

    Jet, OK

    Great Salt Plains State Park lies one hour South of Harper found in Jet, Oklahoma. This unique salty landscape exists only because it’s been left behind from an ocean that once covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times. Surprisingly the lake is half as salty as the ocean itself. The State Park offers 2 separate hiking trails, one for beginners (all ages) and the other for intermediate to advanced level hiking.  Tonkawa Interpretive Trail is for beginners and runs only ¼-mile, while The George Sibley Trail is a 7-mile challenge for those looking to break a good sweat. Bikers have a place to ride as do walkers. Just like all the other great hiking locations, this State Park offers overnight camping with 64 R.V. sites & 95 tent sites.

    Ellis, KS

    Cedar Bluffs State Park can be found 1 ½- hours NW of Great Bend. The park is divided into two, unique areas along the shoreline of the reservoir. The Bluffton area on the North shore provides nearly 350 acres for visitors. Offered activities include sand volleyball, horseshoes, shore side basketball, and a BMX bike track. The South side of the lake provides a beautiful landscape of the water and surrounding bluffs which can be explored on foot. The Threshing machine canyon should be another stop on your list while enjoying the park. In 1867 some freighters were transporting a threshing machine to Salt Lake city when they stopped for the night only to be ambushed by Native Americans. All of the men were killed & the threshing machine was laid to ruins. If you look closely carvings can still be seen in the limestone bluffs.

    Cedar Bluffs offers plenty of RV camping with hookups or primitive camping as well.

    Harper Camperland

    Are you looking to hit the road on your first RV excursion this season? If so, make sure to get your RV checked out at Harper Camperland's service center. If you need your RV serviced for any reason, let our professionals handle it for you. Give us a call or stop by one of our two locations in Great Bend or Harper today!



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