Traveling is more than just getting away, it’s about the memories that you make along the way. And when you visit Geary County, Kansas, you have so many chances to make those memories that will last a lifetime. 

We welcome all outdoor enthusiasts and fans of interactive history and everyone in between to make this their next travel destination!

This Kansas county of more than 36,000 people is packed with walking trails, more than a dozen parks and countless fishing spots, thanks in part to its proximity to Milford Reservoir and Milford Lake, the largest lake in the state.  

Located in the heart of the rolling Kansas Flint Hills, the views are unforgettable and make the trip all the more worthwhile. 

Visitors can enjoy tours of historic frontier buildings to learn how Junction City was shaped by the rivers and railroads that snake across the grassy landscape. Or even just hang out by the water and have some fun in the sun. 

Venture to Fort Riley to visit the First Territorial Capital of Kansas and during your journey, experience the true look of military life from the 1800’s to now.  You can also visit the U.S. Calvary Museum, Custer House, First Infantry Division Museum, and many static displays of old military vehicles.  

Opera House

Watch where live theater and performing arts take center stage in the beautifully renovated 1882 C.L. Hoover Opera House, one of the top 10 Best Music Venues in Kansas according to Best Things Kansas.

Memorials are scattered throughout Heritage Park where visitors can view the Civil War Memorial Arch, State of Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Purple Heart Memorial, POW/MIA Memorial, Big Red One Memorial, and the Law Enforcement Memorial.

Discover the history of the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments “Buffalo Soldiers” and relive history as the Buffalo Soldier Memorial depicts a Buffalo soldier standing at attention next to his dressed mount.   

Travel back in time to the 1800’s and visit the Geary County Historical Museum and witness the pioneer days come to life. Try your hand at tapping out a morse code message in the train station and see the different tools that made up Grandma’s kitchen. 

During the summer, “Play Ball” can be heard at Historic Rathert Stadium.  Recently renovated, the original 1930’s structure is now home of the Junction City Brigade Baseball Team, Junction City High School Blue Jays, and the Junction City American Legion ball teams.

“The Fishing Capital of Kansas” lies just Northwest of Junction City.  With more than 16,000 square surface acres of water, Milford Lake is where many anglers go to catch bass, catfish, walleye, crappie, wipers, and white bass.  With its open water and sandy beaches, it’s also a great place for boaters, jet-skiers, and sun lovers.  

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There is plenty of room for your next camping adventure in a tent, RV or one of the many available cabins around the lake.

Milford State Park is a favorite getaway for visitors loving the outdoors. Boaters, anglers, sightseeing, swimmers, water enthusiasts and campers will find plenty to do at Milford State Park. The sandy beach area, located near the South Boat Ramp, is the perfect place for a family picnic. And the nearby Milford State Park Splash Park is a must-go for more water fun. 

Things to do in Geary County

Below Milford Lake Dam is the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery and is a must stop for any nature lover.

Visit the Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area to venture the trails and check out the tallest single-drop waterfall in Kansas. The best time to visit the waterfall is in the spring or after a good long rain. 

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