Sunflower Summer

Sunflower Summer is a program of Kansas Tourism for Kansas residents May 25 - August 11, 2024.

This is a great way to explore our state with free admission to various museums, zoos, historical attractions, and nature centers. Have even more fun by participating in the Manhattan Passport for prizes!

Check It Out!

Pillsbury Crossing

You don’t want to miss this beautiful Kansas waterfall located only six miles southeast of Manhattan. Pillsbury Crossing features a beautiful limestone ledge that forms into a waterfall, Deep Creek Waterfall, it reaches 60 feet across and about five feet tall. This picturesque view is a must see if you’re in town!

Bring your kayak or canoe out for a short half-mile float down the creek. Walk the short hiking trail that follows alongside Deep Creek. Many also find this area a great place for birdwatching. This spot has been named one of the eight wonders of Kansas Geography by the Kansas Sampler. This local favorite is a great place to enjoy the outdoors.

Please note that swimming and alcohol consumption in this area is prohibited.

A Brief History

Originally a crossing for pioneers, Deep Creek continues today to have a keen place in outdoor recreation. Located 6 miles south and east of Manhattan, follow the signs to Deep Creek. Enjoy the beautiful Flint Hills scenery as you journey this winding country road.

Animal Activity

Beaver activity is visible on the trees and wood ducks can often be seen. A great blue heron rookery has been active in recent years a short distance away. The birds usually occupy the nests by mid-March. The bird nests on private property must be viewed from the road. This is one of the only areas in the state where spotted bass occur naturally other fish that can be found include largemouth bass, bullhead catfish and carp.