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Parks and Trails
Parks and trails throughout the county.

Black Jack Highway Park

Black Jack Park Cabin

Located on US 56 Highway, approximately three miles east of Baldwin City, the Black Jack Highway Park is maintained by the Kansas Department of Transportation to commemorate what many say was one of the first battles of the Civil War that took place nearby in 1856.

An authentic log cabin is situated in the park and contains many antiques from the Santa Fe Trail era. A small footbridge and trail connects the park to the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve, located immediately south, containing evidence of wagon ruts carved into the prairie as part of the Santa Fe Trail.

Broken Arrow Park

Broken Arrow Park Sign

Located at the intersection of 31st and Louisiana Streets in the City of Lawrence, Broken Arrow Park is maintained jointly by Douglas County and the city. Facilities include a ball diamond, shelter houses, restrooms, playground, picnic areas and a field used for various activities including soccer.

The property the park is situated on was given to Douglas County by the federal government.

Chicken Creek Arch Park

Chicken Creek Arch Park Under Bridge

The historic Chicken Creek Arch is located ½ mile east and 1 1/4 miles south of the town of Lone Star at 780 E. 850 Road. The arch was built in 1913 by B.F. Metsker and I. Babb at a cost of $170.25. The crossroad drainage structure was placed on the National Register in 1990.

Nearby parking and a handicap-accessible walkway make for easy access to view the structure in its restored state. An observation platform and stairway allow viewing of the arch as well as comparisons with the modern culvert located immediately to the east.

Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve

Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve

Located adjacent to and immediately south of the Black Jack Highway Park the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve contains some of the best preserved and managed native prairie in Douglas County, Kansas. The preserve is maintained by the Douglas County Department of Public Works under the direction of Dr. Roger Boyd of Baker University.

The site is well known for containing evidence of the wagon ruts caused by travel along the Santa Fe Trail.

Robinson Park

Robinson Park

Robinson Park is located on the north side of 6th Street, between the south ends of the Massachusetts Street and Vermont Street bridges over the Kansas River, in the City of Lawrence. The park commemorates the founding of the City of Lawrence with a plaque containing the names of persons making the journey westward under the auspices of the New England Emigrant Aid Company in 1854.

The small park area overlooks the Kansas River and is maintained by the City of Lawrence with flowerbeds and park benches.

Wells Overlook Park

Wells Overlook Park

Wells Park was donated in 1971 to Douglas County by William Wells. The park is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. A picnic area with tables and shelter are available. Also on site is a small playground. An observation tower offering a great scenic view of the City of Lawrence is the park's main focal point.

The park also contains a short nature trail for hiking. Follow the winding entry-road to the top of the hill to enter the parking lot. The park is located 3/4 mile east of US59 on the south side of County Route 458 (N. 1000 Road).

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