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Kanopolis State Park, Marquette

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State Park
From the towering Dakota sandstone bluffs to the caves and crevices of Horsethief Canyon, the park and surrounding area offer rugged beauty and stunning vistas. The park is split into two areas north and south of the dam and there are two federal parks, as well.

Kanopolis offers more than 30 miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, 15 of which are on the Smoky Hill Wildlife Area. The 3,500-acre lake and 12,500-acre wildlife area provide anglers and hunters abundant fish and game. Nestled near the Smoky Hill River toward the northwest portion of the wildlife area is Faris Caves, which were carved by early pioneers and served as milk house, school house, and living quarters.

Wildlife viewing and photography opportunities are plentiful. In the winter, bald eagles and ospreys fish the river. Songbirds and wildflowers brighten the landscape throughout the area.
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  • I stayed at Eagle Point. The pit toilet lacked lighting even in daylight. The park was not responsible for the torrential rain but a level site may not have created a lake at my site.The trail I walke...  more »
  • Grandkids and I hiked the horse thief hiking trail. It was amazing to see areas I never knew existed and I've lived here all my life. It was not that strenuous for an almost 70 year old and the photog...  more »
  • Stumbled upon the park after meeting a school trip whilst we were out for a drive when visiting family in Lindsborg. We were captivated by the name and just had to explore the canyon and trail. I beli...  more »