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Off the Beaten Path in Kansas. Our Top Picks for the Most Unique Places to See

As full-time RV’ers we travel and see a lot. This is part of our Opting Out of Normal series where we explore the “Off the Beaten Path” of every state. We love the big popular stuff like everyone else, but there is just something incredible about discovering something unique, different and maybe a little “off the beaten path”. We certainly can’t explore them all, but we’d love you to include your favorites below too. Each series will include at least 1 epic boondocking area, some complete with pictures and all with GPS coordinates.

I think everything in Kansas qualifies as “off the beaten path” since it’s such a rural, and unique state in itself. Don’t you think? Don’t let that fool you though! My gosh there is some beautiful things to see in Kansas! Here are our picks. And I promise not to make a Toto reference. 

For somewhere a little more popular, make sure you don’t miss the Monument Rocks National Landmark. Stunning place!

Rock City

Rock City is a park located on hillsides overlooking the Solomon River in Ottawa County, Kansas. It’s just over 3 miles south of Minneapolis, Kansas. Rock City claims that there is no place else in the world with so many huge concretions. I saw it’s just eerie and fascinating. Rock City does have a very small admission fee of about $3 or $4. Well worth it. 

Table Mound Hiking Trail

This is an out and back hike, of just under 3 miles one way. If you choose not to do the whole thing, you are still going to see some fascinating views. From scenic overlooks, to a drop down into a crack in the rocks. This isn’t a super hard hike but there are some rock scrambles. You’re going to see some pretty amazing rock formations on this hike.

Slide Cave – Kanopolis State Park

This entire state park if worth seeing. But definitely check out some of the caves in the park. 

Geary Lake Falls – Junction City, Kansas

Bet you didn’t know there were waterfalls in Kansas. There are actually quite a few. A secret hideaway for those hot summer days, this waterfall is only active after a bit of rain. There are few waterfalls in Kansas. And this one is not publicized. On most days you can take in the waterfall all for yourself.

Frozen Water Fall – Ellis, Kansas

Are you going to be in Kansas in the Winter? I might not recommend it, however, this frozen waterfall in Kansas might be a big reason to leave the house this winter. This park is in Olathe, where you’ll find this beautiful sight in Cedar Bluff State Park. 


  • Goodman State Fishing Lake – If you’re heading to Ellis to the Cedar Bluff State Park, this little hidden gem is perfect. It’s still a bit away, but a free, clean, little public park and fishing area. You’ll Mose likely be completely alone in this little park. Big enough for any size rig, but it is a small park, so if there are already a couple of people there, make sure you have a plan B. GPS: 38.387305, -99.853801
  • Sheridan State Fishing Lake – Another beautiful lake view camping area. Provides fire rings, and clean bathrooms. GPS: 39.360462, -100.231534

Thank you for coming and reading our favorite hidden gems in Kansas. Have you explored Kansas? Did you find a fun, hidden gem of your own? We’d love to hear about it! Please leave your comments below.

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Make sure you also check out our ever-growing list of past Off the Beaten Path states. Here are just a few! 

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2 thoughts on “Off the Beaten Path in Kansas. Our Top Picks for the Most Unique Places to See”

  1. Garden of Eden, Lucas KS – not natural, but kitschy and strange. And a stop at Brants Meat Market for yummy summer sausage. Loved the Barbed Wire Museum (somewhere in central KS, can’t remember where. And the oldest active Geocache in the United States in remote west Kansas.

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