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Kansas Waterfalls

Kansas is not known for its waterfalls, but there are a few if you're willing to look.

Deep Creek Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 39.12897,-96.44061 (Parking on Pillsbury Crossing Lane)
Waterfall GPS: 39.12994,-96.44065

Deep Creek Falls is a 6-foot high, creek-wide waterfall in Riley County.  The waterfall is located in Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area near Manhattan.  The hike to the falls is very short and easy.

To visit the falls, head south from Manhattan on KS-177 south for 2 miles and turn left on Deep Creek Road.  Go 6 miles and turn right on Pillsbury Crossing Lane.  The parking area is on the right in 0.1 miles just before the crossing.  The waterfall is just downstream of the crossing.  If you ford the creek on the road, there is an overgrown path on the left that leads to the base of the falls.

Geary Lake Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 38.90580,-96.86293 (Geary State Fishing Lake Dam Parking Area)
Waterfall GPS: 38.90489,-96.86716

Geary Lake Falls is a 35-foot waterfall on the spillway of Geary State Lake in Geary County.  The waterfall is located in Geary State Fishing Lake & Wildlife Area.  The hike to the falls is about three-quarters of a mile round trip and easy.

To visit the falls from Junction City, take exit 295 on I-70 and get on US-77 south.  Drive 6.6 miles and turn left on gravel State Lake Road.  Go about 0.4 miles and turn left on a rough gravel road that leads to a parking are at the dam.  Hike across the dam to the top of the waterfall.  A path leads down to the base.  As the waterfall is on the spillway of the dam, it can dry up completely and is very sensitive to water level.

Prather Creek Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 38.37041,-96.58453 (Parking at Chase Lake Dam)
Waterfall GPS: 38.36979,-96.57882

Prather Creek Falls, also called Chase Lake Falls, is a waterfall in three sections on the spillway of Chase State Lake in Chase County.  The waterfall is located in Chase State Fishing Lake & Wildlife Area.  The hike to the falls is about 1 mile round trip and easy.

To visit the falls, head west from Cottonwood Falls on Lake Road for 2 miles.  Turn left into Chase State Fishing Lake and go 0.4 miles to a pull-off on the left after passing the dam.  Hike back to the dam and cross it and go left on the path following the spillway down.  There are three sections to the waterfall, but only the lowest had noticeable water flow on our visit.  I think the middle section would be the nicest in high water.

Swissvale Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 38.83300,-95.58244 (Pull off on E 129th Street)
Waterfall GPS: 38.84042,-95.58221

Swissvale Falls is a 5-foot waterfall on Camp Creek in Osage County.  The waterfall is located along the Landon Nature Trail south of Topeka.  The hike to the falls is about a mile round trip and easy.

To visit the falls, get off I-70 in Topeka at exit 365 for Rice Road and continue for about a mile to turn right on SE Croco Road.  Drive 9.2 miles and turn left on SE 93rd Street.  In just under a mile, turn right on SE Paulen Road.  Go 4.2 miles and turn right on E 125th Street and then left on S Paulen Road.  In half a mile, turn left on E 129th Street and drive 0.9 miles to a bridge over Camp Creek and park after the bridge on the left.

From the pull-off, hike up the road a short ways and turn left on the Landon Nature Trail.  Hike about 0.5 miles to the railroad bridge over Camp Creek.  Turn left and hike upstream a short ways to the waterfall.  The water level was rather low when I visited, so best to visit after heavy rain.