Although the lone prairie seems not to hold a big attraction to campers or hikers, most visitors are surprised to learn that Kansas is home to river valleys, fishing lakes and even ancient forests, and is the perfect spot for family-friendly outdoor adventures.
With a well-developed state park system, Kansas offers either tent camping, cabin rentals and rv facilities in all but three locations - Mushroom Rock, Prairie Spirit Trail, and Sand Hills State Park.
Among dozens of state parks that dot the Kansas map, there are camping locations near Wichita (Lake Afton), Topeka (Clinton Lake) and Kansas City (Lewis and Clark State Park in MO).
The oldest state park, Kanopolis, (an hour's drive from Salina) ranks among the state's most popular and offers a full-service marina, beaches, tent camping, picnic areas and cabins, as well as trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.
Kansas campgrounds around the Web:
Kansas State Parks - Use the interactive map or browse the listings for complete information on public campgrounds throughout the state with guides to tent camping, cabin campers, location and contact details, maps and photos.
Camp Kansas! - The Kansas Association of Campgrounds and RV Parks with a big welcome to visitors including photos, maps, rates and online reservations in an extensive directory of member campsites statewide.
Kansas Reservoir Camping - An interactive database of eastern and central Kansas lakes and reservoirs searchable by activity including camping, biking, hiking, boating and swimming, with facts and information on tent and cabin camping facilities, maps and driving directions.