The 10 Best Camping Spots in Kansas!

What makes a good camping spot? Fresh air, breathtaking views, clear water, a roaring campfire, stars over your head, no bugs, and peace and quiet. That is what a good camping spot is all about. Kansas has many spots to choose from and a little something for every camper.

1. Cedar Bluff State Park & Reservoir, Ellis, KS

All types of campers can choose from primitive to utility campsites, group camping, rental cabins and picnic day camping. The park also provides shower houses and dump stations. Activities you will find include: A variety of water sports, fishing, boating, swimming, sand volleyball, basketball courts, volleyball court and horse shoe pits, motocross tracks and bicycling. 

2. Kanopolis State Park, Marquette, KS

At Kanopolis State Park campers have access to both primitive and utility camping sites. Want to take your horse with you, no problem. Horseback riders are welcome along with hikers and mountain bikers on any of the 30 plus miles of open trails. Campers at Kanopolis State Park enjoy a reservoir, scenic canyons, hunting and fishing, wildlife viewing, and incredible vistas. Relax and enjoy all this park has to offer.

3. Eisenhower State Park & Campground, Osage City, KS

Eisenhower State Park offers campers over 180 utility campsites, five shower houses, primitive camping areas and 15 equestrian campsites with singular corrals, four modern cabins, two primitive yurts and one primitive cabin. Come for the day or stay for two weeks. 

4. Crawford State Park, Farlington, KS

Crawford State Park where campers can set up their campsites at one of the state’s most beautiful park. Nestled close to the Ozarks, campsites include recreational vehicle sites, primitive and tent spots, cottages and utility camping. Spring campers will enjoy multicolored foliage along with all the amenities great campsites include.

5. Scott State Park, Scott City, KS

Scott State Park has been named to National Geographic’s 50 must-see state parks. Campers can choose from full hookup campgrounds, tent and group camping sites and horse campsites, spread throughout the 1,000-acre park. During the day, vacationers will enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, boating on the spring-fed 100-acre lake and a horse campsite area. Pets are also welcome to camp.

6. El Dorado State Park, El Dorado, KS

Visiting campers have the opportunity to pitch a tent or park their recreational vehicle in over 1,000 campsites, with or without electric service. This camping facility is the largest in the state encompassing over 4,000 acres. Amenities at El Dorado State Park include a horse campground, hiker trails, bike trails and horse trails. Also available are 24 group campgrounds that campers can reserve.

7. Wilson State Park, Sylvan Grove, KS

Wilson State Park consists of two areas: Hell Creek and Otoe campgrounds, located on the south side of the Wilson Reservoir. Campers can choose from utility and primitive campsites, day use areas and group camping areas, all of which provide water hookups, shower houses and dump stations. Amenities include Wilson Lake, known to have the clearest water in the state, and provides waters sports and premier bass fishing. Campers can also enjoy hunting, hiking and bike trails.

8. Cross Timbers State Park, Toronto, KS

Cross Timbers State Park will offer campers shaded campsites and easy entrance to the reservoir lake and nearby river. The full RV hookups and primitive camping spots have modern bathroom and shower facilities. Back country camping is allowed by special permit in designated spots. Campers can enjoy park trails, hiking, backpacking, jogging and mountain biking. Fishing and wildlife watching are also accessible to campers.

9. Glen Elder State Park, Glen Elder, KS

Glen Elder State Park has both primitive and utility campsites, new cabins and day campsites. The park’s diverse wildlife offers campers unlimited recreational opportunities and a perfect place to relax. The park reservoir is part of a sacred mineral spring fed water system complete with Native American history. The park is also the home of the Wakonda Indian Festival. Campers can set back and relax. 

10. Tuttle Creek State Park, Manhattan, KS

Tuttle Creek State Park offers a wide-range of camping spots that include 200 utility and 500 primitive campsites. Also, the Randolph Area Horse Campground is another camper option along with 11 non-primitive cabins. Spend the day trying out nature trails, a mountain biking trail, a scenic equestrian trail, an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, a shooting range and a new archery range. Be sure to also spend time wildlife watching.

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618 NE Bluestem Rd., El Dorado, KS
Located 3 miles east of El Dorado on US-54 and 1 mile north One of the top state parks in America based on fishing, boating and family fun, El Dor... Read More
32001 147 Highway, Ellis, KS
Cedar Bluff State Park is divided into two, unique areas along the shorelines of Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The Bluffton Area, on the north shore, prov... Read More
4207 E. 56th, Hutchinson, KS
Located north of Hutchinson, about one mile east of K-61 on either 56th Street or 69th Street Sand Hills State Park, a 1,123 acre natura... Read More
798 N 1415 Rd, Lawrence, KS
Dedicated in 1975, 1500-acre Clinton State Park is located on the northeast shore of Clinton Reservoir. Four miles from the City of Lawrence, the p... Read More
13051 V Road, Meade, KS
Meade State Park was originally carved out of the Turkey Track Ranch in 1927. Meade State park rests in the High Plains of southwest Kansas, just w... Read More
29810 S. Fairlawn Road, Osage City, KS
Eisenhower State Park has 1,785 acres. It features 1,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, 440 acres of woodland and a complete range of recreational fac... Read More
5441 Westlake Rd., Ozawkie, KS
Located between Topeka and Lawrence on the southwest shore of Perry Reservoir, 4 miles north of US-24 on K-237 Extensively forested rolling h... Read More
26001 W. 255th St., Paola, KS
Located between Spring Hill and Paola, about 3 miles east of US-169/K-7and 255th St interchange Conveniently located south of the Kansas City... Read More
101 West Scott Lake Drive, Scott City, KS
Listed by National Geographic as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks and hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie, Scott State Par... Read More
1210 Nine Rd., Stockton, KS
Located about 8 miles west of Stockton south of US-24 Webster State Park is a 880-acre prairie setting of rolling hills and spacious skies. Visito... Read More
144 Hwy. 105, Toronto, KS
The park is located 12 miles west of Yates Center in Woodson County. This region was a favored hunting and camping ground of Native Americans of th... Read More
22900 S. Highway 368, Vassar, KS
Well-known by northeast Kansas residents for shady campsites and a great family atmosphere, the 490-acre Pomona State Park is located in Osage Coun... Read More
2446 250 Road, Webber, KS
Lovewell State Park in northcentral Kansas is a haven for outdoor lovers who look for variety in their vacations. Just 18 miles northeast of Mankat... Read More
3137 SouthEast 29th Street, Topeka, KS
Lake Shawnee was built as a Work Progress Administration project. Construction began in 1935 and was completed on September 3, 1939, when over 5,00... Read More
4825 Squaw Creek Rd, Independence, KS
Located about 5 miles northwest of Independence, 1 mile north of US-160 Dense oak and hickory woodlands meet rolling meadows of big bluestem and I... Read More
5800 A River Pond Rd, Manhattan, KS
Four units (River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph) make up the 1,200 - acre park. Electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ra... Read More
3612 State Park Rd., Milford, KS
Located northwest of Junction City, west of K-77 on K-57 Located on the southeast shore of the state's largest lake, 16,000-acre Milford Reservoir... Read More
13037 State Highway 261, Norton, KS
Camping at Prairie Dog include 4 reservable cabins (2 modern and 2 primitive), 60 electric/water sites, 12 electric-only sites, and more than 130 p... Read More
#3 State Park Road, Sylvan Grove, KS
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... Read More
144 Highway 105, Toronto, KS
Positioned between the Cross Timbers region and the grasslands of the Flint Hills, Fall River State Park is home to a remarkable diversity of plant... Read More
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