Elk Falls, Kansas

Elk Falls, Kansas

Step back in time and into Elk Falls, Kansas, often described as a LIVING ghost town. What's a living ghost town, you ask? Much of what once made up Elk Falls is now gone and to the casual observer, the town looks dead - virtually a ghost town. BUT... we ain't dead yet! Set amid oak covered hills along the Elk River with a scenic waterfall, it's pastoral charm and peace have proved irresistible to a variety of vistors to this unusual little community.

So what's the attraction? It takes a little effort to look beyond the obvious, but there one discovers a very different and enchanting Elk Falls. Behind the decaying facade one finds a creative and peaceful village that boasts some of the most intriguing and unexpected attractions to be found anywhere. One of which is the annual Outhouse Tour! Not exactly your typical festival, but one that has started a "movement" of appreciation in these vanishing vestiges of Americana.

So come visit us. Enjoy a quiet step back in time and see for yourself why so many thousands of visitors have found their way to this isolated hamlet in the Kansas Ozarks. You're always welcome.

"Getting off the trail is what Elk Falls is all about ... a naturalness that people are yearning for." - LARRY HATTEBERG, KAKE-TV, Wichita, Ks.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Elk Falls and the River Canyon Area

This beautiful natural falls on the Elk River is impressive - at least by Kansas standards - and makes a really nice roar. Impressive, too, is the deep boulder-strewn river canyon in which it is located. Dry year? Welcome to "Elk Trickle."

Elk Falls, KS Scenic Views

Prudence Crandall Memorial Markers

Is she America's most famous unknown woman? Learn about her fascinating life at this combined Kansas and Connecticut marker site. Her story was told in the Walt Disney/NBC-TV movie, She Stood Alone. Prudence Crandall is buried in the Elk Falls cemetery. In 1831

Elk Falls, KS Memorials

Keefe Homestead Museum

Built in 1872, this landmark Elk Falls home is still pretty much as it was when the Keefes lived in it. Tours of the house and barn with its family heirlooms and 19th century implements are available during the annual open house always the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Elk Falls, KS Museums

Elk Falls Cemetery

History buffs will find much of interest here. In addition to the graves of Prudence Crandall and her brother Hezekiah, several Union Soldiers, one Confederate soldier and one of America's first women mayors, America I. King, are buried here.

Elk Falls, KS Cemeteries

Little White Churches

Oldest in the area, these charming clapboard structures were built in 1879 (now Calvary Chapel), and in 1880 (United Methodist). The latter has had a continuously active congregation since its formation in 1870. A visit to its tranquil interior will take you back to a quieter, more peaceful era.

Elk Falls, KS Historic Churches

Things to do near Elk Falls, KS

John Redmond Hiking and Horseback Riding

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Seaton Family Pavilion

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