|Distance||0.4 miles roundtrip|
- Oddly-shaped rock formations
- Peaceful prairie surroundings
Smack in the middle of Kansas, you'll find the fascinating geological oddity known as the mushroom rocks. These rocks began forming in the Cretaceous Period, the era of the T-rex, when Kansas was covered by an ocean and beach sand and animal bones piled up and created rock layers. After years of erosion, the rocks took on unique shapes and were used by the early pioneers (and probably the Native Americans before them) as a meeting place. Just as many have before, you should put a trip to these cool rocks on your bucket list!
This park is in a particularly pretty part of Kansas, filled with rolling grassy hills and unique rocks. The surrounding farms are perfectly picturesque, as pictured below. The biggest surprise is yet to come though, as you pull up to Mushroom Rock State Park.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This is a perfect stop for anyone of any age or ability level -- even if you can't walk around the whole park, many of the rocks are visible from the road. You can visit in any season, though the dirt roads here may be more difficult to drive during and after inclement weather. Expect to see people no matter when you visit; if you want alone time with the rocks, come early or late in the day or wait for others to leave.
From the west on Interstate 70
Take the exit for Kansas Highway 14, then turn right towards Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, turn left onto Kansas Highway 140. Watch for a brown sign for Mushroom Rock State Park, then turn right onto 25th Road, a dirt road. Turn left onto Avenue K, and you'll soon see Mushroom Rock State Park on both sides of the road.
From the east on Interstate 70
Take the exit for Interstate 135 south, then take the exit for Kansas Highway 140 and turn right. Turn left onto Kansas highway 141, then turn right onto Avenue K, following the signs for Mushroom Rock State Park. Soon you'll reach the parking area.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There is a pit toilet and a picnic area in the park.