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Kanopolis State Park

200 Horsethief Rd.

Located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway northwest of Marquette along K-141, about 5 miles north of the K-4/K-141 junction (or) about 7 miles south of the K-140/K-141 junction east of Ellsworth

The first state park in Kansas, Kanopolis State Park is situated in the rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the scenic Smoky Hills region of the state. From the towering Dakota sandstone bluffs to the caves and crevices of Horsethief Canyon, the park and surrounding area offer rugged beauty and stunning vistas. The park is split into two areas north and south of the dam and there are two federal parks, as well.

Kanopolis offers more than 30 miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, 15 of which are on the Smoky Hill Wildlife Area. The 3,500-acre lake and 12,500-acre wildlife area provide anglers and hunters abundant fish and game. Nestled near the Smoky Hill River toward the northwest portion of the wildlife area is Faris Caves, which were carved by early pioneers and served as milk house, school house, and living quarters.


Andy Armstrong

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
We arrived close to dark, I wouldn't recommend that if you have a medium to large RV and are going to Eagles Point. You can do some really good hiking along the shoreline. Climb the sandstone cliffs. Some real funny structures on the beach, Bigfoot vacations here? Eagles Point is a beautiful relaxing area But, most of the sites don't have running water. I missed that on the reservation site. This park is especially equine friendly. Trails, walking areas, even corrals I saw. Overall a good clean park, just don't expect all the comforts of home.

Quinnda McMullen

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Great place, but need bathroom in all camping circles, you may try to find out what the bugs are that were biting people in Sumac area. They were so small like dark brown-red mites. I wish there was a better way to get to the caves. That's a lot of driving down dirt roads and a small overgrown path, and there needs to be better signs with the grass cut around the ones there so you can drive up and read the small wording. Everything was clean, guest and employees were nice. The beach area was great, play areas, couple of nice little stores to pick up things forgotten.

Angela Hicks

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Loved it. Just wish there was still an option of camping at bolts bluff & yankee run. To camp with out having to pay so much. I dont mind the 5 buck fee but the camping is so high.

Christy S

Friday, June 8, 2018
Nice lake. Raunchy people actually live there in their broke down campers. Didn't feel very safe with that business. Only stayed the night and left the next morning.

Virginia McClatchey

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
This is a place where memories have been made and where more will be made. Have come here as a kid and now I am a grandmother myself. Loved talking to my grandkids about all the memories i have of this place.

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