Crawford State Park
Crawford State Park is a campground located in Farlington.
Crawford State Park is a state park in Crawford County, Kansas, United States, located 9 miles north of Girard.
The 500-acre park, resides on a 150-acre lake built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. There are two recorded archaeological sites within the park's boundaries, including remnants of a 19th-century U.S. military outpost. An interpretive trail connects the park with the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks' Farlington Fish Hatchery, which was built shortly after the CCC completed construction of the lake.
Anglers enjoy excellent fishing for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass. Pleasure boating and scuba diving are among favorite recreational pursuits.
Located on the edge of the Ozarks, Crawford State Park illustrates the variety of landscapes available in Kansas. Redbud trees offer spectacular beauty in spring, and the lush foliage of the surrounding forest is a naturalist's delight.
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Crawford State Park and Fish Hatchery were started by the Kansas Fishing, Forestry, and Gaming Commission in 1939, as part of the Civilian Conservation Corp’s projects. It was one of the original State Parks in Kansas. Located in Farlington, Kansas, the State Park is north of Girard, approximately fifteen miles West of Pittsburg. According to David Goble, Park Ranger, Farlington’s 149 surface acres of water and 479 recreational acres’ primary function are related to camping; however, other attractions include swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and mountain biking, an amphitheater as well as the Fish Hatchery.
Although open year round, Farlington’s peak season runs from April fifteenth through October fifteenth with approximately 189,000 visits per year. Including sixty-three camping sites with utilities and forty-five permanent sites, the park system works by "How much you use is what you pay," says Goble. Prices range for each activity: four dollars per day for fishing, swimming, and boating; primitive camping is five dollars per day; primitive camping with electricity is ten dollars per day; primitive camping with electricity and water is eleven dollars per day. Season passes for camping are one hundred dollars and thirty dollars a year per vehicle. All money is used for the upkeep of the park.
There are two hiking trails available at Farlington, each stretching one-half mile in length. These trails include a hardened surface and are both handicap accessible. Both trails are self-guided and interpretive, which means that there are signs along the way pointing out the sites of interest. One path is a nature trail, and the other is an historic trail. The historic trail is an old military encampment; the story of why the encampment was there is explained along the path. The bike trail is seven miles long and made for mountain bikes. It is rough terrain and can also be used us a hiking trail. These recreational activities are available to guests and permanent residents of Farlington Park.
There are 129 private cabin sites, seventy-nine which are privately owned. In addition, there are thirty different residents who live here year round. "The majority of our residents are former campers who liked it so well that they decided to stay here year round," says Goble.
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