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The Great Outdoors

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Let us help you plan the things you can do within driving distance of Wilson, KS. We have a historic district, playgrounds for families, lakes for fishing, State Parks, Marina, Bait Shop, and Cheyanne Bottoms—a big bird migration area. Hunting and fishing are some outdoor things you can do!

Wilson State Park, a Kansas State Park

Set in the scenic Smoky Hills region of Kansas, Wilson State Park provides convenient access to one of the state’s prime water recreation areas. Located in the heart of the Smoky Hills, Wilson State Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the state.

Wilson Reservoir features a rugged shoreline punctuated by scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops. The park and surrounding wildlife area offer the opportunity to view and photograph deer and pheasant.

Bicycle Trails and Walking Trails

Check out our trails and plan a fulfilling day trip to Wilson, KS!

Dorrance State Bank

Russell County’s first white settlers arrived in the late 1860s, and communities quickly formed and developed during the 1870s. In June 1867, the Kansas Pacific Railroad reached the area that would become Dorrance, bringing German, English, Irish, and other immigrants who accounted for much of the town’s modest growth by 1870. Visit Dorrance State Bank if you’re looking to dive right into history!

Mushroom Rock State Park

Located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway northwest of Marquette, about 5 miles north of Kanopolis Reservoir and State Park, and 3 miles west of K-141 on Avenue K is Mushroom Rock.

One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography, Mushroom Rock is the smallest but one of the most unique state parks in Kansas. You have to see it to believe it!

Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve

Cheyenne Bottoms, the nature conservancy in Kansas, is a 41,000-acre wetland complex in central Kansas and one of the top staging areas (where migrating birds stop to feed and rest) for shorebirds and waterfowl in the United States. These wetlands host tens of thousands of shorebirds and up to a quarter-million waterfowl each year during their migrations.

Cheyenne Bottoms is one of only 34 sites in the United States designated a “Wetland of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages the nearly 8,000-acre Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve adjacent to the 19,857-acre Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, which is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.

Ducks Unlimited is also a key partner that is protecting waterfowl and shorebird habitats at Cheyenne Bottoms.

Kanopolis State Park

Kanapolis State Park offers great opportunities for camping. Reservations for 2023 are open. Reservations can be made at www.reserveamerica.com, on the Campit-KS app, or by calling the office.

A two-night minimum stay on weekends is required with advanced reservations. A four-night minimum stay is required on Memorial Day weekend. Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends require a three-night minimum stay with advanced reservations.

Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Welcome to KWEC! Want a unique nature experience? Then visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. KWEC overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms, the largest inland marsh in the United States that is also a Ramsar-designated Wetland of International Importance.

Switchgrass Bike Trail

The Switchgrass Bike Trail is a great place for those who enjoy mountain biking to check out if they’re in Wilson.

Midland Post-rock Bicycle Tour

The Midland Post-Rock Bicycle Tour includes two routes to choose from with different levels of difficulty, terrain, and views. You start and end at the Midland Railroad Hotel.
Midland Post-Rock Rider abandoned home
water tank midland hotel
wilson egg and Tower
Midland Post-Rock Rider dirt road