Touring Kansas by Road and Gravel
There are multiple historic sites to visit in and around Council Grove. The history of the area is diverse. Some of the towns the road loops will visit include Cottonwood Falls, Alma, Emporia, Allen, Alta Vista, and Dwight (among others). Road riders will also have the opportunity to visit the historic Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Gravel loops will include historical sites surrounding the Santa Fe Trail including ghost towns and Santa Fe trail crossings. Most of these places you can only get to on gravel and are not seen from the highway. There will be stops at Allegawaho Heritage Memorial Park (site of the Kaw Indian Reservation), railroad ghost towns, Santa Fe trail ruts and creek crossings, and a ghost town founded by Exodusters in the late 1800s.
A more detailed description of the routes (mileage, maps, and historic sites to see) will be forthcoming this spring, so stay tuned to the Cottonwood 200 website and Facebook page for additional updates.