If you prefer the slower pace and open areas that small towns or rural areas provide, Douglas County may be the place for you. Rural Douglas County features some incredible landscapes surrounding the city of Lawrence. Carved by the corresponding Kansas River Valley and Wakarusa River Valley, the area unfolds with gentle rolling hills of trees surrounding the prairie and farm land and a sky that seems to go on forever.
The smaller incorporated communities in Douglas County which offer an alternative to Lawrence are Eudora, Baldwin City and Lecompton. They are small towns with their own interesting features such as Blue Jacket Winery in Eudora, Baldwin City’s annual Maple Leaf Festival and Lecompton’s Territorial Days event each year in June.
Clinton Lake State Park is located only four miles west of Lawrence, and the University of Kansas. The park is open year round and features swimming beaches, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, golf, and the Mutt Run Off-Leash Dog Park.
To get a breath-taking view of the countryside and unique view of Lawrence, be sure to make plans for a picnic at Wells Overlook Park. The park features a tower at the top of a hill overlooking Lawrence to the north, and vistas of the county in every direction.
Lone Star Lake is a small country lake to the southwest of Lawrence offering fishing, boating and camping. Just northwest of Baldwin City is Douglas State Fishing Lake which provides hunting, fishing and limited camping. Other parks around the county include Black Jack Park which includes the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve and Robert Hall Pearson Memorial Park.
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