Exploring the scenic byways and highways will uncover some amazing treasures across our county and surrounding area. Here are a few favorites from our Ellsworth County youth.
Ellsworth Golf Course
900 E 2nd St | Ellsworth
Ellsworth Golf Course sits quietly in the Smoky Hills of Central Kansas, where it has been building a reputation for outstanding play over the last 100 years. With full tee to green irrigated fairways and putting greens on par with the big courses, it's the perfect compliment to your home course. As its nine holes wind through subtle hills and beautifully aged cottonwoods, golfers of all skill levels can find the challenge they are looking for.
World's Largest Hand Painted Czech Egg
2520 Avenue D | Wilson
The World's Largest Hand Painted Czech Egg stands 20 feet high and 15 feet wide. It is decorated with a traditional Czech design by local artist, Christine Slechta. It has become a tourist destination, drawing thousands of visitors to see the amazing detailed work in celebration of Wilson's rich culture and Czech history.
HIKING | BOATING | BIKING
FISHING | RECREATION
KANOPOLIS LAKE & STATE PARK
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 areas offer rugged beauty and stunning vistas. Kanopolis Lake offers more than 30miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, fishers, campers, and Kansas landscape beauty enthusiasts.
PREISKER PARK &
699 E 2nd St | Ellsworth
Preisker Park was built in the 1930s in central Ellsworth. Much of the beauty in Preisker Park comes from the beautiful stonework around the bridges and a bandshell perfect for entertainment. The addition of a splash pad courtesy of the fundraising efforts of the Ellsworth Kiwanis Club makes this a great place for family!
804 N. Kansas | Kanopolis
Travel back in time to this amazing drive in theatre - one of only five left in Kansas. And while you'll love the retro style of the concessions, you'll also love the fully updated digital equipment and current movies featured on the outdoor big screen!
Kanopolis State Park
Faris Caves are a series of artificially excavated caves located along the Smoky Hill Rover in central Kansas, Ellsworth County. Each of the three caves are about 12 feet square, with 10 foot arched ceiling, dug out of the Dakota Sandstone with a pickaxe by Coloradan Charles Griffee in the 1880s.
ELLSWORTH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
104 W Main St | Ellsworth
Fort Harker | Kanopolis
Visit this historic complex consisting of 1878 Hodgden House, 1880s livery stable, 1912 one-room school, 1880s Second Baptist church, 1909 caboose, 1900 train depot, turn-of-the-century wooden windmill, small log cabin, modern building housing farm equipment, and a general store. Exhibits included early Ellsworth County history and Kansas cattle town life. Archives available for research.
HOLT PARK &
409 W 11th St | Ellsworth
Perfect for children and adults of all ages, the swimming pools features a water slide, low and high diving boards, in-pool basketball area, and a separate pool for the littles. Swimming lessons are available.
ATLAS AD ASTRA
354 4th Rd | Wilson
During the late 1950's, the US Government spent billions of dollars on strengthening our military in defense against Soviet Communism.
As a response to Sputnik, the US began, in earnest, to develop a rocket and nuclear missile defense program. During this period, rockets quickly evolved. As they evolved, these massive and expensive missile installations became obsolete and were quickly abandoned. Over 70 Atlas F Missile Silos were built in the United States, many of which are in the great plains.
Our site was built in 1959 and was active until 1964 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Back then, it cost more than $12 million to build the structure alone. In today's dollars it would be over $110 million!
Most of these facilities are in private hands & closed to the public. We are excited to invite you to experience, enjoy and learn from our site.
SANTA FE DEPOT
North Main Street | Holyrood
The Historic Holyrood Santa Fe Depot was built in 1887 and restored in 2014-2020. The depot is home to the city museum and community gathering space that can be used by reservation.
COACH & FOUR
105 N. Lincoln | Ellsworth
Coach & Four Bowling Lanes is an 8 lane family owned and operated center since 1961. We offer leagues for all ages, open bowling, birthday parties, corporate parties, and family events. We offer a full-sized menu with drinks. Coach & Four offers Gambino's Pizza!
200 Horsethief Road | Marquette
One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography, Mushroom Rock is the smallest, but one of the most unique, state parks in Kansas. The park is only 5 acres but boasts some of the most unusual rock formations anywhere. The rocks served as meeting places and landmarks for Native Americans and early pioneers such as John C. Fremont and Kit Carson.
Resembling giant mushrooms rising above the horizon, the Dakota formations of Mushroom Rock State Park are the remains of beach sands and sediments of the Cretaceous Period, the interval of geologic time from about 144 to 66 million years ago. Sandstone and sedimentary rock is held together by natural cement. The concretions that make up Mushroom Rocks are cemented calcium carbonate. The largest rock measures 27 feet in diameter.
223 N Douglas Ave | Ellsworth
Stop in and see our local talent and eclectic exhibits, events, and activities!
When you travel the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, you follow in the steps of Native Americans, explorers and pioneers as they sought food, shelter, adventure and a better life. Early traders followed the nearby Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico, 19th-century cowboys drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail, and huge herds of bison roamed the majestic Flint Hills.
Over the Smoky Hills of weathered bedrock, the Post Rock Scenic Byway winds through fields, pastures and prairie. The landscape's unique beauty and challenges required pioneers to earn their space here, and the legacy of their creativity and resourcefulness lives on. Just look at the stone fence posts for which this route was named - as functional as the day they were erected. Pioneers solved their fencing problems on the largely treeless plains by quarrying and then shaping limestone slabs. Today, that same innovative spirit has given rise to many independently minded artists, farmers and ranchers in the region.
Interested in viewing the rich history and architectural beauty of our native limestone structures in Kansas? Ellsworth County is home to many unique limestone structures, including the historic jails, the Midland Hotel, and the Czech Opera House.
The Missile Silo
For history enthusiasts, this is an unparalleled opportunity to step back in time and live the legacy of the 550th Strategic Missile Squadron. Book your tour now and consider making your stay even more memorable with our Airbnb experience in the Historical Missile Control Room. It's not just a visit; it's a chance to become a part of history.
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