Everyone expects good camping and recreational opportunities in Kansas state parks, but many are surprised at the close-up wildlife viewing opportunities there. Wild animals get used to traffic and human presence, making them far less skittish than their country cousins. A slow drive through a state park can result in some great wildlife photos for those with camera ready.
An example is shown in the footage below, taken in one leisurely cruise through the paved roads of Perry State Park near Topeka. Even in weather hot enough to discourage most campers, the animals were out feeding as usual in late evening. I got all of this film on Wednesday afternoon in less than an hour, illustrating a great secondary benefit of state parks: wildlife viewing.
You’ve got to have a sharp eye, though. The fawn was lying with its nearby sibling, and even though they were just 40 feet off the pavement, they were well hidden in the grass. Drive slowly and watch carefully so that you don’t miss anything.
Kansas state parks are a great place to stay connected with nature. Get outdoors and mingle with the natives.