Skyline

SW Skyline Parkway & SW Scenic Drive
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Topeka, KS 66614

If you can avoid the bone-jarring craters on SW Scenic Drive (hint: stick to the edges), and you're willing to walk a ways uphill on gravel and climb over some weed-covered boulders, this park offers a spectacular view of Topeka from the top of Burnett's Mound. But beware if a storm approaches: The mound failed to protect Topeka -- as legend claimed it would -- from the June 8, 1966, tornado that roared over its crest before cutting a swath through the city to the northeast. Naturalized meadows along SW Skyline Parkway lead to the park's entrance, and a nature trail begins just past the end of the pavement on Scenic Drive. The park closes a half hour after sunset.

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THE BASICS

Amenities: Walking path

Location: West

Ambience: Soothing sun spot



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