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Mushroom Rock State Park, Marquette

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Mushroom Rock State Park, located in the Smoky Hills region of north-central Kansas, is noted for its mushroom rock formations. These rocks are the remains of beach sands and sediments of the Cretaceous Period, the interval of geologic time from about 144 to 66 million years ago. Sandstone and sedimentary rock is held together by natural cement. The concretions that make up Mushroom Rocks are cemented calcium carbonate. The largest rock measures 27 feet in diameter.There are two mushrooms and a giant shoe rock, as well as numerous other rock formations in the 5-acre (2.0 ha) park. Mushroom Rock is Kansas's smallest state park. As well as being "one of the 8 wonders of Kansas Geography."Mushroom Rock State Park is managed by Kanopolis State Park, under regulation of Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The rock used to serve as meeting places for pioneers and Native Americans.
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  • We were camping at Kanopolis State Park. This is about 15 minutes away. We found out why they call this area "the smokey hills". The morning fog & the rolling hills were beautiful. There's 2 areas.....  more »
  • A tiny park with some unique rock formations. Highly recommend watching a sunrise here, it's very peaceful and amazing to watch the sun rise over the rocks. The park is on both sides of the road...  more »
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  • Super cool but small state park about 30 minutes off of route 70. Features these amazing natural mushroom shaped rocks that were formed after years and years of erosion. There is a basic restroom without a sink and no visitor center. State park is on private land so be respectful of that.
  • Great stop if you're traveling the long stretch of I-70 across Kansas. It's a small park and will take you 15-30 mins to see it all, but it's worth it due to simple fact that you get to see some rocks that resemble mushrooms. There's also a bathroom here. Odds are that you will be the only visitors. It's off a dirt road too!

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