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Designation: Kansas State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.
Length, One-Way: 167 Miles (278.33 Kilometers)
Time: 3 Hours

General Information

Description - The Frontier Military Scenic Byway was designated a state byway by the Kansas Legislature on June 15, 1990. The byway extends roughly 167 miles tying Fort Leavenworth to the north with Fort Scott at the south and then onward to the Oklahoma border. It follows K-5 out of Leavenworth to I-435, then follows U.S. 69 and Alternate U.S.69 to the state line. The route approximates the old military trail used by the Army to transport troops and supplies between the frontier forts. The Frontier Military Scenic Byway contains unique historic, natural and recreational attractions and sites. In addition, a joint project by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Quail Unlimited, is planting native wildflowers along the byway. The route is primarily a two-lane, paved roadway with one interstate segment. It offers many amenities along the way. The local committee is in the process of developing additional amenities for the future including an outdoor reenactment site at Mine Creek.

Attractions - The Frontier Military Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural and Recreational Attractions.

Directions from : The Frontier Military Scenic Byway is on the eastern edge of Kansas.

  • From the north: The byway begins at Leavenworth, following K-5 from the southern city limits on U.S. Highway 73.
  • From the east or west: Follow Interstate 70 to U.S. Highway 73 just west of the Kansas City metro area north to Leavenworth. Or join the byway at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Interstate 435 just west of Kansas City and head north on Interstate 435 to K-5 or head south on Interstate 435 to U.S. Highway 69.
  • From the south: Take Alt. U.S. 69 from the Oklahoma border.

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Additional Information:
Kansas Scenic Byways - Kansas offers four state designated scenic byways: Flint Hills, Frontier Military, Gypsum Hills and Post Rock.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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