When people think of climbing, eastern Kansas and western Missouri aren’t the first places that come to mind. And while there aren’t a lot of places for rock climbing, that doesn’t mean you can’t ascend to great heights and great vistas in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Here are a few suggestions if you want to climb to the top of Freedom’s Frontier.
Catch some great views of the Flint Hills by climbing up Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie and over the trails at Konza Prairie. On the Missouri side, you can look across the river and into Kansas with a short by strenuous climb along the North Ridge Trail in Weston Bend State Park. Several local parks along the rugged land near the Missouri River have similar short but strenuous climbs, like in the Parkville Nature Sanctuary.
More of an urbanite or “indoorsy” person? You can really get your heart pumping at the Topeka State Capitol’s Dome Tour. The guided tour takes you up 296 steps with an inside look at the Kansas State House dome. If 296 steps is too many, you can get a great view of Kansas City with an elevator ride and two flights of stairs at the City Hall Observation Deck.
Want a long-term challenge? Become a Freedom’s Frontier “peakbagger” by climbing to the highest point in each of our forty-one counties. These lists of highest points by county in Kansas and Missouri will help you plan your adventure.
Where do you climb in Freedom’s Frontier?