Tuttle Creek State Park
Tuttle Creek State Park offers visitors a broad variety of outdoor recreation possibilities and plenty of room to roam. Four units - River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph - make up the 1,250-acre park. Tuttle Creek Reservoir, around which the state park is situated, is the key unit in the system of flood control projects within the Kansas River Basin and is the second largest lake in Kansas. Availible recreational activities include boating, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting. The communities of Manhattan, Wamego, Fort Riley, Olsburg, Randolph and Westmoreland offer nearby eating establishments and additional visitor opportunities.
A short drive will take you to Alcove Spring. Well-known to early-day traders and "mountain men" as well as to later travelers to the Far West. John C. Fremont and his 1842 exploring expedition bivouacked at the Springs, and Marcus Whitman, with a thousand emigrants on the Oregon Trail, stopped there in 1843.
Utah-bound Mormons and California-bound goldseekers followed, for only a short distance above was Independence Crossing, the famous ford across the Big Blue river. The Donner party, most of whom later froze or starved in the Sierras, buried its first member, Sarah Keyes, near the Springs in 1846.
The area is rich in natural beauty and features native grasses, wildflowers, trees, birds and other animal wildlife. Approximately 5 miles of marked and mowed walking trails take you along streams, hilly trails with beautiful views of the Blue River Valley, highland prairie land that has never seen a plow and some of the prettiest vistas in the area. Then there is the historical trail that takes you past Alcove Spring, wagon swales in the upper pastureland and the emigrant campground. Across the road from the parking lot you will find the Sarah Keyes monument, informative signs and Independence Crossing.
Milford Lake is the largest man-made lake in Kansas with 163 miles of shoreline where you'll find sandy swimming beaches and public boat launching ramps. Over 33,000 acres of land resources are managed for quality recreational experiences as well as for protection of the project’s natural and cultural resources. Approximately 70% of the land resources are available for public hunting. Located in the Heart of the Kansas Flint Hills, Milford Lake is the Fishing Capitol of Kansas.
Flint Hills Discovery Center
315 S. Third Street, Manhattan, KS 66502
Just 24 miles away from The Attwood House, The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a dynamic tribute to the last major stand of unbroken tallgrass prairie. This 35,000 square foot must-see attraction includes interactive exhibits highlighting the science, history and culture of the ecoregion from pre-history to present day. An immersive experience theater with panoramic photography and special effects shown on a 120-degree curved screen is the perfect starting point for an exploration of the magnificent Flint Hills of Kansas.
Randolph Off Road Vehicle Park
Nestled in the Flint Hills just east of Randolph is one of the best Midwest locations for adventuring off-road. The Army Corps of Engineers manages the ORV Park and set aside 310 acres of very hilly property for the use of off-highway vehicles , bicycles, and hikers along the shores of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.. The acreage becomes quite a bit larger when the lake level drops in the late summer, and becomes a little less when the spring rains come and raise the level of the lake. Because of the frequent water-level changes, mud is almost always available in generous quantities and the terrain offers generous fun and challenges for an off road enthusiast.
Kansas State University
The home of the Wildcats is just 24 miles away from The Attwood House. Combine your stay while supporting the Cats' sporting, arts, or other event. Go to http://www.k-state.edu/ to see what's going on.