If you’re under the impression that Kansas is nothing but cornfields and flatlands, you’re not alone. There has been a misconception among many of us that Kansas has no natural beauty to offer. However, despite its flat plains and cornfields, the Sunflower State has a lot of hidden gems. Believe it or not, Kansas has a number of beautiful waterfalls that you simply cannot miss!
Not sure which waterfall to visit? We have compiled a list of ten breathtaking waterfalls in Kansas that will leave you speechless. You’ll be surprised to find that you can’t wait to book a flight to Kansas.
1. The Alcove Spring and Waterfall
|Location:||Blue Rapids, KS|
|Nearby Attractions:||Alcove Springs Historic Park|
|Animals to See:||Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch|
Alcove Spring and Waterfall feature ice glaciers and a waterfall. Near this charming waterfall and spring are the legendary fords where Kansas’ founding fathers drove their wagons in search of water. Winter sometimes dries up the spring. In May, however, the water freely pours down the rocks, making it a beautiful sight.
2. Elk Falls Waterfalls
|Location:||Elk Falls, Kansas|
|Nearby Attractions:||Town of Elk Falls|
|Animals to See:||Great Blue Herons, Catfish|
Elk Falls, Kansas, with a population of fewer than 200 people, promotes itself as the World’s Largest Living Ghost Town. The town takes its name from the Falls, as it is known locally. The natural waterfall is about 10 feet high and 100 feet wide, with a stone outcropping across the river. It was previously the location of a water-powered grain mill erected in 1875.
3. Cowley Lake Waterfall
|Location:||Cowley County, Kansas|
|Nearby Attractions:||Cowley State Fishing Lake|
|Animals to See:||Largemouth Bass, Walleye|
The Cowley Lake waterfall is a spectacular 25-foot waterfall with rapids and crashing waves. Towards the bottom of the falls is an ideal spot for exploring and walking through the stream of water if you’re interested in doing so! Another fun fact is that there have been several “must-see” lists written about this waterfall (including AARP, Yahoo, and Most Amazing in the World!).
4. Prather Creek Falls
|Location:||Chase County, Kansas|
|Nearby Attractions:||Chase County Lake|
|Animals to See:||Quail, Rabbit|
This waterfall is a sight to behold and will have you questioning if you are really in Kansas. Located on the spillway from Chase State Fishing Lake, Prather Creek Falls is a series of falls that cascade down beautifully. The waterfall is stunning all year round, but especially so in October. As you descend, you will see each waterfall one by one, each with a magnificent view.
5. Geary Lake Falls
|Location:||Junction City, KS|
|Nearby Attractions:||Geary State Fishing Lake And Wildlife Area|
|Animals to See:||Pheasants, Rabbits|
Geary Lake Falls, located south of Junction City, is another beautiful waterfall in Kansas. Due to the overflow of Geary State Fishing Lake, this waterfall only appears during rainy seasons. The 35-foot waterfall is a lot of fun to view from the top and then explore at the bottom. You’ll need to follow the trail down a fairly steep hill when you’re ready to explore the waterfall’s base – so be careful!
6. Bourbon Falls
|Nearby Attractions:||Bourbon State Fishing Lake|
|Animals to See:||Catfish, Spotted Bass|
The majestic Bourbon Falls in Kansas is a result of the scenic Bourbon County State Lake. Overflow from Bourbon County State Lake is what created this 30-foot waterfall. Surrounding the waterfall is a beautiful forest of greenery. Pathways are available on the north side of the falls. However, they are often muddy, so use caution when walking.
7. Butcher Falls
|Nearby Attractions:||Red Buffalo Ranch|
|Animals to See:||Bison, Deer|
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kansas is found at Red Buffalo Ranch in Sedan. Butcher Falls cascades about 15 feet between rocks beautifully and uniquely. The falls are located on the Red Buffalo Ranch, which covers an area of 8,000 acres. Owner Bill Kurtis grew up in Independence, Kansas, which bordered Sedan. Throughout the years, he has continually made significant contributions to the community.
8. Idlewild Falls
|Nearby Attractions:||Lake Idlewild|
|Animals to See:||Chipmunks, Cottontail Rabbits|
This waterfall is located north of Waterville, Kansas, and is part of a series of two waterfalls that span around 60 feet apart. Each waterfall has a drop of about 10-12 feet. The waterfall is actually an overflow from Lake Idlewild that eventually cascades into the surrounding Little Blue River. When the fall foliage is at its peak, the upper falls offer some of the best views, so be sure to check it out then!
9. Santa Fe Lake Falls
|Nearby Attractions:||Santa Fe Lake|
|Animals to See:||Egrets, Pigeons|
Santa Fe Lake Falls is a small man-made waterfall located in Edgerton city, south of Sunflower Road. Despite the fact that it is not as high as some other renowned Kansas waterfalls, this waterfall is still worth seeing after heavy rainfall. As a bonus, Santa Fe Lake, which is a nearby body of water, offers fishing for bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass.
10. Chautauqua Falls
|Location:||Chautauqua County, Kansas|
|Nearby Attractions:||Sedan City Lake|
|Animals to See:||Wild Turkey, White-tailed Deer|
On the spillway of Old City Lake in Chautauqua County is Chautauqua Falls, a 20-foot waterfall. Chautauqua Falls, one of the many waterfalls in Kansas, is an amazing sight. You’ll find it at Sedan City Lakes, which is a city park. Getting to the falls is a four-mile round trip, so make sure to come prepared with the right pair of shoes.
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