“Native Americans & pioneer graffiti”
About 20 miles SW of Salina, Kansas off Highway 140 is Kansas' smallest state park - Mushroom Rock State Park. The 5 acre park is about 2 miles south of the highway on dirt roads that can be very bad after a rain. The park is surrounded by farms and you can usually hear cattle lowing nearby. It has Dakota sandstone concretions much like Rock City, but here most are not nearly as exposed. There could be a great many concretions at this park, but almost all are still covered by the surrounding soil and only a portion is seen. The underlying rock is softer sandstone and is eroding away, but some of it still remains and has been supporting three of the rocks for many years. The resulting combination of rocks have a mushroom shape. The unusual shapes caught the imaginations of the Native Americans and pioneers, some of whom have left graffiti in the limestone and sandstone. There are Picnic tables and a rough toilet. This may be the smallest state park in Kansas, but I think it is also one of the coolest!
Pretty nice side trip to help break up the monotony of Kansas. If you're lucky you'll see a B-1 Bomber from nearby McConnell AFB fly over. The kids really enjoyed it too. Restrooms are available, but no potable water.
All I could think about was Mario Bros. I thought this was an amazing tiny park to see. These clever little stops make road trips much more fun exciting. If you have kids, they will love it. If you don't have kids, like me, you will climb these like a kid (like me).
Very fun spot to stop on the way to CO. Only off the path by a little bit, it was perfect to go with a wide range of ages and mobilities. My mom was a little challenged by the path, but we just took our time. The kids could explore freely and it sparked their creativity. Had lunch on a beautiful day!
We stopped here on our way from Fruita, CO to Eureka Springs, AR. As far as I could tell this was really the only cool natural feature to stop and see through this part of the country. Worth the detour, also cool just to see the rural country side. Great place to stop for a picnic lunch and a dog walk.
The drive to the rock was scenic and wonderful. Worth the trip, just to experience the rolling hills and Kansas scenery. The rocks themselves are really neat as well. Smaller park, but fun to explore!
We did this after Kanopolis State Park and Rock City. If you have the time, I would recommend exploring all 3. We were on our way to Colorado from KC, and it was a nice stop to break up the driving. For only a few acres (roughly 5), the rock formations are interesting to see. I think there was only one other vehicle there when we went (late May,) so it's very secluded and feels like you have the place to yourself. It's kind of in a field like area on a dirt road, surrounded by trees and bushes to go with the sandstone rock formations. There are two particularly neat rock formations that are shaped like a mushroom. One is almost nearby the parking area, and the other one is a short walk down a path. There was a picnic table near the mushroom rock near the parking area. My family and I enjoyed exploring here, and we would come back if in the area again.
This place was absolutely awesome! The rocks are so strange and interesting. We had our 3 dogs with us and they loved wandering around here with us. We put it on our next trip through Kansas so we can see it again!
My family really enjoyed our stop here in the morning (after staying the night in Salida). It was a great way to start the day because the scenery gets pretty monotonous afterwards.
What a blast! Keep in mind it's a notable detour, but well worth it. While running around we had the entire area to ourselves. There are restrooms, and plenty of photo opportunities.
It was such a great place to stop and rest, I loved it so much!
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Mushroom Rock State Park
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