Mill Creek Streamway Park is an urban, cultivated park that provides both indoor and outdoor recreational activities to the public. The park follows Mill Creek south from the Kansas River past Shawnee and Lenexa, finally ending just north of the city of Olathe. The main trail through the park is paved and reasonably level, with the occasional rolling hill to contend with. It is paved but has unpaved side trails that veer off through the woods, adding to the experience. You can park your Bonner Springs camper rental at any of the park's several access points and enter the park from there.
Mill Creek Streamway Park has several shelters that can be reserved. The park has restrooms located at intervals along the main path, and there are playgrounds for younger kids as well as stations with drinking water. One of the side trails passes a lake before arriving at the park's visitor center, where you can talk to park staff, ask questions, and obtain more information about the park.
RV camping near Mill Creek Streamway Park is a good way to begin hiking and mountain biking on the park trails, but you can also enjoy horseback riding through the park as well as picnicking; rental bikes are available if you don't have your own. The trails follow the river, so you can travel as far or as little along the trail as you wish. While you're hiking, you'll have opportunities to see smaller wildlife such as squirrels and rabbits, and possibly even larger mammals such as deer.
The park has an activity center that is open for weight training, gymnastics, exercise classes, or anything else that will pique your interest. The activity center is ADA accessible and has activities and amenities that are suitable for all ages, from young to old.
Beyond the park, you'll be a short distance from other attractions like Quivira Lake, Swarner Park, and Black Hoof Park, which has a lake and water-based activities. There are golf courses where you can get a few rounds in, beaches and museums, a nature center and an arts center, and more. Renting a camper near Mill Creek Streamway Park is the best way to check out all of these attractions.
Camping at Mill Creek Streamway Park
There are several options for camping near Mill Creek Streamway Park. One possibility is Walnut Grove RV Park in downtown Merriam. This family-friendly campground has a community room with a TV and hundreds of channels to choose from. While staying here, you'll have access to a dog park, laundry facilities, clean restrooms, and hot showers. Individual campsites have full hookups with 30/50 amp electric hookups, and you'll be a stone's throw away from casinos and other attractions that might interest you.
Another option is Suncatcher Lake & RV Resort; it has RV campsites with full hookups, nestled amongst trees to provide some shade without obstructing your view of the lake. The nearby terrain consists of rolling hills with tree stands and open space, and you won't be that far from historic Leavenworth and a NASCAR racing track.
Slightly farther out, Lawrence KOA is also a good choice with a wide variety of activities you can indulge in. There is tetherball, frisbee golf, horseshoes, and a half-court basketball court. If the weather isn't cooperating, you can enjoy the game room and the on-site cafe; if the weather is good, the park occasionally offers outdoor movies.
Exploring the Area
Lawrence is a good city to visit once you've had your fill of the outdoors. It has several museums and landmarks; one of the landmarks is Massachusetts Street, which has an abundance of shops and restaurants by day and street vendors and live music at night. The museums span a variety of subjects such as politics, art, nature, and natural history, just to name a few. Another landmark is Allen Fieldhouse, an iconic basketball venue that also has a museum with exhibits such as the original rules of basketball, signed by the game's founder, James Naismith. If all of this activity has worked up your appetite, not to worry; Lawrence has a long list of reasonably priced restaurants where you can fill up. Camp in an RV near Lawrence, and you can grab some takeout before heading back to your home on wheels to enjoy your dinner under a star-filled sky.
Eudora is a slightly smaller community with several vineyards and a brewery, plus shopping and a museum. One of the vineyards has an outdoor patio and an indoor tasting room and can accommodate special occasions such as weddings or parties. The town has a yoga wellness center where you can take classes and attend weekly workshops. Eudora's food scene is diverse, with an Asian venue, a teahouse (you don't see these very often), Mexican and Italian cuisines, and more.