The Post Rock Scenic Byway is an 18 mile route that winds north and south through the Smoky Hills along K-232 in Ellsworth, Lincoln and Russell Counties in north central Kansas. K-232 is a two-lane asphalt surfaced road that connects Lucas on the north and Wilson on the south. The byway connects I-70 on the south with K-18 on the north and links the communities of Wilson (Ellsworth County) and Lucas (Russell County). This byway is named for the unique native limestone rocks used for fence posts, homes and out buildings in the area. Along the byway you will discover 4 faces carved into the limestone fence posts. The faces were carved by California Artist Fred Whitman and are of Lucas residents. Here is a link to a Hatteberg's People show about Fred.
The byway offers scenic, recreational, geological and agricultural viewing opportunities. A six-mile segment of the byway is adjacent to the Wilson Lake recreational area with scenic turnouts that overlook the dam and offer vistas of the lake and the valley below the dam. There is a scenic byway kiosk at the turnout at the west end of the dam that has area information on it. Rest areas, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Wilson Lake covers 9,000 acres and holds some of the state fishing records. The lake has been rated the 86th best fishing lake in the United States by Bass Masters Magazine. Weekend anglers and fishing tournament participants can seek white and striped bass, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Wilson Lake is also home of the 21.5 mile long Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail that was rated "Epic" by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
There are cultural festivals in the towns at the ends of the byway: the Czech Festival the last weekend of July in Wilson, the Adam's Apple Festival on the Saturday before Labor Day weekend in Lucas.
Wilson, at the south end of the byway, is home to World's Largest Czech Egg, the Historic Midland Railroad Hotel and the round limestone jail.
Main street Wilson is lined with historic limestone buildings. www.wilsonkschamber.com
The Lucas community, at the north end of the byway, is the Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas. It is home of the Garden of Eden, a tourist attraction on the National Register of Historic Places, which consists of over 150 folk art concrete statutes created by S.P. Dinsmoor, a Civil War veteran. Dinsmoor lies in a glass coffin in a mausoleum he built on the cabin grounds. Lucas is also home of the Grassroots Art Center, Ms. Deeble's Rock Garden, Bowl Plaza, the "Blingiest" public restroom around, the World's Largest Travel Plate and a grassroots art mural on Main Street. www.lucaskansas.com