2 | Sunday, May 20, 2018
REASONS TO HIT THE ROAD
Discover these destinations within three hours of Topeka
n the mood for a day trip but not sure which direction you want to go or what you want to see? Here are 50 sites and events within a three-hour drive of Topeka that might be just what youâ€™re looking for. And who knows, you may end up taking several trips before summer ends.
1. ALCOVE SPRING AND WATERFALL 6 miles south of Marysville on East River Road Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Alcove Spring spans more than 230 acres of largely undeveloped acres on the Oregon Trail that was a stopping place for wagon trains and other travelers, including the legendary Donner-Reed Party. The site includes a short trail through a shady woods to the waterfall; five miles of marked and mowed walking trails through the Blue River Valley; the Sarah Keyes monument; Independence Crossing; and visible wagon swales. Hours: Sunrise to sunset Cost: Free Information: bit.ly/Cjalcovespring; (785) 562-3101
2. ALLEGAWAHO HERITAGE MEMORIAL PARK Dunlap Road and X Avenue, south of Council Grove The 158-acre park, being developed by Kaw Nation, was part of the last Kaw reservation in Kansas before the tribe was removed to Indian Territory. A walking trail takes visitors past the stabilized ruins of the 1861 Kaw Agency building, a 1925 monument to an unknown Kaw warrior, the ruins of three stone houses built in 1861 by the U.S. government and a replica of an earth lodge. The Kaw Nationâ€™s new dance arbor was dedicated in 2015. Hours: Round-the-clock Cost: Free Information: bit.ly/CJallegawaho; (620) 767-5140
Find new and exciting places to visit in Northeast Kansas and beyond in our 2018 travel special section.