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Fort Larned rest area is open
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LARNED — Fort Larned National Historic Site Superintendent Kevin McMurry has opened the park’s rest area on K-156.  
The rest area is a welcome stop for motorists and bikers with modern restrooms, picnic shelters with grills, and exhibits on historic Fort Larned which is just a quarter mile south.
Walkers and joggers are invited to enjoy their activities on the park’s mile-long history and nature trail.  The trail winds its way along the Pawnee River and on through the restored prairie adjacent to the fort.
Superintendent McMurry encourages everyone who wants to blend nature and history with their physical fitness program to stop by the Visitor Center when it opens at 8:30 a.m. for directions and a trail brochure.  Visitor parking is available at the marked gravel lot before crossing the bridge.
Park gates are locked at 5 p.m.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.  Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free, as is the historic experience that awaits visitors to Fort Larned and the surrounding area.
Information on visiting Fort Larned is on the internet at,or by calling (620) 285-6911, or email to