Things to do in the Flint Hills while practicing social distancing

With everything going on in the world, it's a great time to get back to nature and do something outdoors. Fortunately, Emporia is located in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills with miles and miles of wide open spaces to explore. Out in the Flint Hills, it can be quite rare to see another person. To help you explore, we've mapped out several scenic driving routes in the Flint Hills, as well as information about gravel cycling opportunities nearby. Or, try your hand at a favorite local past time, disc golf, in one of our large community parks. All the activities we've put together below can be done from your car or outdoors with plenty of space from others.

We encourage you to pick a couple activities and make your adventure a weekend trip. We want to assure you that you can have a safe and fun stay in Emporia. For a completely contactless overnight visit, look for a local AirBnB with self check-in. We also have RV parks and hotels if you prefer (check individual hotel websites for Covid protocols).

The city of Emporia does not currently have mask mandate in place, and local restaurants and shops are open for business. However, unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear a mask inside public spaces. We will continue to update this page as Covid-19 guidance changes.


Advisory: please do not travel on minimum maintenance roads when wet because of the damage it does to the roadway.