Northeast Kansas is a proud region with a wonderful mixture of history and beauty. Founded by pioneers driven to create a state where people of all races would be free, Northeast Kansas has continually defined itself as an open, energetic and welcoming community.
In this historic region you can learn about the tragedies in the battle over slavery and see how Kansas was the beginning of the Civil War. Our region is included in the Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area which explores the pre-Civil War border wars between Missouri and Kansas, shaping of the frontier by early settlers and our enduring struggles for Freedom even to the present day.
If outdoor activities are your game, hop on your bike for a ride or hike on the 51 mile-long trail called the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park from Ottawa to Iola. If you like to ride horses the Flint Hills Trail crosses the Prairie Spirit Trail in Ottawa. This trail when completed will span over 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington. In the fall, residents and visitors enthusiastically take part in annual day trips to Peckham’s Pumpkin Patch and Pome on the Range Orchards and Winery for fresh farm pickings from pumpkins to Christmas trees and more.
Northeast Kansas gives you a range of what Kansas offers with small-town charm to various upscale urban retail areas. But more importantly, we invite you to visit our region that offers an escape from the ordinary.