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Scenic Spots Across Northeast Kansas!

The Northeast region of Kansas entices travelers with its scenic landscapes and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From picturesque parks with bounds of greenspace to winding trails that lead to breathtaking views, this corner of the Sunflower State offers a variety of scenic spots sure to captivate outdoor explorers. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll amidst nature's backyard or an adrenaline-pumping outdoor excursion, Northeast Kansas boasts an abundance of opportunities for exploration and appreciation. Uncover the beauty of the region with this carefully curated list of the most scenic spots across Northeast Kansas!





Bonner Springs: Here's a way to see some of the Kaw Valley's most beautiful scenery...with a twist! Book a Sunset Date Night Zip Tour at ZipKC! The Sunset Date Night Tour is for couples looking for a unique date night adventure flying high above the tree tops. You'll zip all 9 lines, but begin the tour in time to zip the towers as the sun begins to set. It’s glorious to zip through the glowing trees, and touch down to the earth at dusk.


Gardner: Explore the beautiful outdoors with endless activities at Celebration Park in Gardner, Ks. From sports fields and playground equipment to fishing and walking trails, there is something for the whole family. Enjoy the walking trail, 10-acre lake, or expansive playground. Take in the beautiful views while enjoying the native plants and wildlife. The park also features baseball fields, soccer fields and large open areas for a variety of activities. So, plan your trip or watch for one of the many special events held there each year!


Hiawatha: Come visit Hiawatha and enjoy some of the outdoor spaces! The city has four parks, an aquatic park, two lighted tennis courts, four lighted ball fields and a 2-mile walking path. Fishing, picnic shelters and sand volleyball are located at Hiawatha City Lake, one mile south of Hiawatha on Highway 73.


Kansas City: Wyandotte County Lake & Park is spread out on more than 1,500-acres of natural beauty, making it just the spot you need for a scenic drive or any peaceful outdoor activity. Here you will find 15 miles of rolling trails throughout the wooded hills of the park. With plenty of shade and spots to rest, you can enjoy a family picnic accompanied by a lakeside view.


Lawrence: Visit the Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center! Outside, explore 11 miles of hiking and biking trails before coming in to the Discovery Center to learn about our history, the values of wetlands, and meet some native Animal Ambassadors. The Baker University Wetlands work takes place on ancestral land belonging to the original stewards of these lands and watersheds: the Kaw Nation, the Osage Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe, as well as those Tribal communities represented by Haskell Indian National University. We acknowledge the living history and contributions of the indigenous communities who inhabited this land prior to the establishment of the Baker University Wetlands.


Leavenworth: Everything’s coming up roses (and irises, daisies and more) in Leavenworth! The Leavenworth County Historical Society will host its inaugural city garden tour on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will tour five fragrant backyard retreats as well as the patio paradise of a favorite local eatery, The Suburban. You’ll also stroll the pride and joy of the Leavenworth Master Gardeners Club: The Victorian herb and heirloom gardens at the historical society’s headquarters, the Carroll Mansion Museum. Reserve your tour tickets today at LeavenworthHistory.org. As long as you’re getting your steps in, don’t miss out on Leavenworth’s scenic Missouri riverfront. You can start with a picnic at Leavenworth Landing Park, tucked just behind the Riverfront Community Center, and work off the calories with a walk among the cherry trees of the oldest city park in Kansas, North Esplanade, established in 1854. Not only does this route overlook the river and Leavenworth’s iconic Millennial Bridge, it also fronts the North Esplanade Historic District, with homes dating to the 1860s.


Merriam: Nestled within the heart of Merriam, Kansas, the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail offers a serene escape for those seeking fresh air and outdoor time. As you meander along the trail, you'll encounter new sights at every turn. Take a moment to wander through the pollinator garden, where colorful blooms attract a variety of butterflies and bees. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of wildlife among the foliage, from darting squirrels to graceful deer. The trail's crown jewel awaits at Waterfall Park, where the soothing sound of cascading water invites you to pause and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings. And, before concluding your journey, be sure to make a pit stop at the Merriam Farmers Market on Saturday mornings (May-September), where you can enjoy locally grown produce and handmade goods, rounding off a perfect day of nature and outdoor beauty. Find more information on Merriam’s Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, or sign-up to trek the trail with Urban Hikes KC on Saturday, June 29th (registration fee applies).


Olathe: There are 45 neighborhood parks, 57 miles of trails within the city limits, 18 miles of bike lanes and nearly 30 miles of shared roadway. And with that, there’s no way you can go wrong anywhere in Olathe. Start your outdoor adventure at the newly renovated Lake Olathe. The 258-acre pack that surrounds the 170-acre lake features a marina, swimming beach, aqua pad, an inflatable water course and nearly three miles of paved walking/biking trails. To the south is Cedar Lake Park that will soon connect with Lake Olathe with a four-mile paved trail. To the north is Cedar Niles Park that offers visitors a stroll through native grasses and nature preserves. Its four-mile trail will eventually connect with Lake Olathe, as well.


Seneca: Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca, Kansas, offers scenic views that enhance the golfing experience. The course is surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, providing a tranquil and picturesque backdrop for each round. With well-manicured fairways and natural water features, the scenic beauty of Spring Creek adds to the charm and appeal of this highly-rated public golf course.


Topeka: Topeka features over 100 parks across the city. Historic Gage Park stretches across 160 acres and features the Topeka Zoo, a 2-mile paved fitness loop, rose garden, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, and a miniature train offering rides throughout. If you are looking for a scenic waterfront, explore Lake Shawnee which boasts the popular Adventure Cove, as well as seven miles of paved trails. A complete list of local parks may be found online at parks.snco.us. For trail lovers, Topeka offers over 70 miles of connected trails. For a more rugged experience, we suggest the hilly, winding trails of Kaw River State Park located next to the Kansas Governor’s mansion. Just off Highway 24 sits Iliff Commons, consisting of several miles of trails that have been carved through native prairie and woodland and are used for walking, running, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. For a paved path, we recommend Shunga Trail, an 18.8 mile out and back trail which runs all the way across Topeka.



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