Marquette, Kansas: Mushroom Rock State ParkOn the plains of Kansas, a natural cement process fused together sandstone and sedimentary rock into mushroom shapes. Appreciated by anyone who visits rocks only when they look like something else.
- Ave. K/Horsethief Rd, Marquette, KS
- Two miles south off US Hwy 140, or west off 141 between Hwys 4 and 140, north of Kanopolis State Park. Sign posted for turns.
Visitor Tips and News About Mushroom Rock State Park
There are actually two mushroom rocks at this location. Very picturesque. If you want to be able to get on top of a mushroom rock for a prime photo op, bring a ladder. Or you could do what we did, and pull your car up underneath the mushroom and get on top of it by standing on the roof of your car.[Naomi Haverland, 11/24/2012]
Surely this is one of the smallest state parks in the country - just a spot along the road really; not even a parking lot. Near historic Smoky Hill Wagon Trail, these formations served as a landmark and meeting place to both pioneers and Native Americans. Though clearly a detriment to the rocks' support, over a century's worth of traveler's names are carved into the soft rock pedestals.[Hardy, 06/03/2010]
Dakota Sand Stone concretions, balanced on eroding sandstone pillars. There are two in this "picnic" area. If you have seen Rock City, you really have to check out this one too![Leanne, 08/22/2006]
The park is situated out on the grassy plains. The huge mushroom shaped stones are like Lewis Carrol Meets Stonehenge. The rocks were shaped by glaciers and the wind. Cattle munch on buffalo grass nearby. I was married under the largest mushroom in 1976.[Debby Boyer, 07/15/2001]