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Ellinwood Walking Trails

Year-round walking activities are available with an excellent track at the City Park on the northwest side of Ellinwood, as well as a golf course, swimming pool, archery range, ball fields, tennis courts, and fishing at Wolf Pond.

Ellinwood, established in 1872 as a town site near the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, is today a thriving community of 3100 people.  The architecture of this community reflects the German-Austrian heritage of many of the early immigrants.  Visitors and residents alike enjoy strolling the brick-paved streets and viewing the parks, beautiful churches, and historic downtown with antique stores.  Ellinwood also boasts a unique feature--underground shops connected by a series of tunnels.  These shops date from the earliest days of the city and at one time ran throughout the entire business district.  Part of the tunnels and shops are open to visitors and tours are conducted on a regular basis. 


Concerts and community activities are held throughout the year at the downtown Wolf Park and Band Shell.  The Ellinwood After-Harvest Festival is held the third weekend in July with a parade, dances, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, class reunions, and a variety of family activities.  

Everyone is invited to enjoy the ambiance and charm of this unique central Kansas small town.