During Black Friday, all 27 Kansas state parks that allow public access — Little Jerusalem is still closed — will have all daily admission charges waived for the day. Those who head to a park on that day and post a selfie with the hashtag #OptOutside and and #MyKsStatePark may even win a free night’s stay at a state park cabin.Among the parks providing free access that day will be more than 500 miles of trails, many near beautiful lakes, and state park roads that offer great biking opportunities.
Three state parks also will offer special guided hikes and bike rides that day. They are:
• Tuttle Creek State Park’s “Tuttle Turkey Trek,” a slow bike ride of about 7 miles through the park scheduled to occur between 10 a.m. and noon, beginning at the park’s office in the River Pond area.
• Kanopolis State Park’s “Bike Friday,” an easy, 7-mile guided ride taking place from 10 a.m. to noon beginning at the Beachhouse Shelter office in the Langley Point Area in the south. Participants will need to furnish their own bikes and helmets are recommended.
• Prairie Dog State Park’s “Turkey Trot” hike, a 2-mile guided hike beginning at 9 a.m. at the park office and ending by noon.