Places to Visit—Ozarks of Kansas

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color photo of people a short ways inside cave opening
small drawing of Kansas map with Cherokee County highlighted in red

Cherokee County, Kansas

In the southeast corner of Cherokee County, the Kansas landscape changes personality. Known as the Ozarks of Kansas, this region is dotted with caves into Mississippian limestone, deposited about 330 million years ago. One of these, Schermerhorn Cave (pictured above), is located in a city park just south of Galena. The spring that issues from the cave is home to the rare cave salamander. Since the cave is wet, the stage-like platform acts as a viewing area, allowing visitors a closer look at the cave. Schermerhorn Park is located one mile south of Galena on the east side of K-26 (from The Geologic Record, vol. 4.3).

Other places to visit in the Kansas Ozark Plateau.

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