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Columbus is the second biggest city in Cherokee County in Kansas, right after Pittsburg, which is close by. The city is located in the southeast corner of the state, close to the borders with Oklahoma and Missouri. Wichita and Kansas City are less than three hours’ drive from Columbus. Some of the most beautiful natural areas are close by, and you can visit them when you book an RV in Columbus.

Columbus was founded in 1868 and officially established a year later. It was named after the explorer Christopher Columbus when settlers from Columbus, Ohio arrived in the area. The city was built on the railroad junction for the Saint Louis and San Francisco, and the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas railroads. The biggest industries in the area were mining and agriculture. With an RV rental in Columbus, you can visit the historical places and popular attractions of the area.

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The Great Outdoors

Strip Pits State Wildlife Management Area is less than 20 minutes’ drive away when you rent a motorhome in Columbus. Here you will find many pits of different depths up to 60 feet, perfect for fishing and boating. The park has over 1,500 acres of water spread out over about 1,000 individual lakes, and the total size of the land of the previous coal mine is about 15,000 acres. Some of the fish you can find in this unique location are channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and more. Enjoy the scenic landscape while picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking here.

Shawnee Trail Conservation Area is located approximately 40 minutes’ drive northeast when you rent a campervan in Columbus. This beautiful natural park once was an important trail for Native Americans, European settlers, and travelers who were going to Texas or Chicago. Now, it’s a gorgeous park where you can enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and hunting. It is also a great place for photography and bird watching. Some of the unique bird species living here are short-eared owls, marsh wrens, LeConte's sparrows, prairie falcons, merlins, and various migrant shorebirds.

Prairie State Park is less than an hour’s drive northeast with your RV rental from Columbus. Enjoy the beautiful scenery comprised of fields covered with prairie tall grass and wildflowers, while a bison herd is feasting in the distance. The park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center offers exhibits and educational programs year-round. Spend a day hiking, nature viewing, picnicking, or camping in the area, or join one of the interpretive programs and learn about the history of the park and the surrounding area when you head here with the Columbus campervan rental.

RV Parks

T & S RV Park is located near the city center, and very close to the Big Brutus tourist attraction and the site of the Columbus Day Hot Air Balloon Festival. This park offers full hookups, pull-through and back-in sites, restrooms and showers, a meeting room, campground store, and more. Retail stores, restaurants, and the Columbus Museum are all within walking distance of the park.

Hillside RV Park could be a great location if you like fishing and hunting, located near the Neosho River, about 20 minutes’ drive west of Columbus. The park has electric, water, and sewer hookups, trash service, Wi-Fi, pull-through sites, picnic tables, and a clubhouse. This park is big rig friendly, and there is also a gas station close by.

Sportsman Campground is nestled by Lake Parsons. This idyllic campground in a natural setting is perfect for summer vacations, filled with water activities like swimming, fishing, and boating. Near the park, there are also hiking trails and a hunting area. The campground has pull-through and back-in sites, beach and boat ramp access, electric and water hookups, and is surrounded by forests, providing a relaxing setting for a nice vacation.

Exploring the City

The city of Columbus and its surrounding area have so much to offer culture and history lovers. Visit the Columbus Museum in the city center to learn about art and regional history. This is the biggest museum in the region, and it offers many different art and educational programs as well as exhibitions that are seasonal or permanent.

Big Brutus is one of the main attractions in Columbus that tells a story of its mining heritage. It is the largest electric shovel in the world, standing 16 stories tall and worth over a million dollars. This amazing giant was homemade, and it had a significant impact on the mining history of Kansas.

Baxter Springs Route 66 Visitor Center is a short drive south of Columbus. Nearby you can also visit Decades of Wheels (a car museum), Rainbow Bridge, and Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. Spend the day learning about the famous Route 66, or the history of the area spanning from ancient times through today.

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