yourself with magnificent old cottonwood trees as you canoe
around Lake Atwood, or take a
relaxing stroll on the lighted walking path that surrounds the
entire Lake. If you're a wildlife enthusiast, wander on over to
the Hayden Nature Trail and climb the observation tower to enjoy
the serene native vista. This is the perfect scenario to
complement your retreat from a busy everyday life.
If you believe no getaway would be complete without a few rounds
of golf, grab your clubs and head to
Atwood Country Club to enjoy a few
on the beautiful nine-hole course. This challenging course
offers well-manicured grass greens, watered fairways, and rental
carts. Atwood Country Club plays host to several tournaments
throughout the summer months and is always very welcoming to
guests. Tee times are not required.
Now it's time to have some fun poking around the downtown stores
and The Ol' Depot. Atwood is home to many wonderful businesses.
By now, you're ready for some refreshments. May we suggest that
you visit Tommy's Restaurant & Bowl, located at the corner of
Highway 25 and 4th Street, to enjoy a homemade cherry
limeade that will transport you back in time. Along Highway 36,
you will find several convenience stores that offer popular
treats with friendly service. Or head downtown to Williams Bros.
Supermarket for a soft-serve ice cream cone.
Your energy supply has been recharged, so head over to the
Rawlins County Museum. Here you will observe faithfully
re-created panoramas from the pioneer period that will take you
from great grandma's kitchen and parlor to the country school
room, and then on to the general store. You will see the
beautiful mural depicting the history of Rawlins County that was
painted by a Rawlins County native, artist Rudolph Wendelin, the
creator of Smokey Bear. Former Kansas Governor Mike Hayden, a
native of Atwood, generously displays some of his items of
interest at the museum.
will notice the beautiful white church located on the museum
grounds. This wonderful structure was built in 1906 by Bohemian
immigrants from Czechoslovakia. Originally located nine miles
north and three miles west of Atwood, the Historical Church,
formerly known as Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, was
moved to its current location in 1994 through the fundraising
efforts of the citizens of Rawlins County.
Request a map while visiting the Museum and take a driving tour
of the county. You’ll learn about the "Last Indian Raid in
Kansas" and discover where the settlers are buried who were
killed in this raid. Continue on the journey laid out in the map
and locate the "Battle of the Sappa Creek" where twenty-eight
Indians were killed. These Indians were identified as being part
of a Cheyenne
Indian party that had
killed a family near Fort Wallace.
Rawlins County is home to some of the best wildlife hunting in
the country. Beautiful hunting lodges located along the Beaver
Creek offer hunting options including pheasant, deer, quail,
duck, wild turkey, and dove. Several unique bed-and-breakfasts
are also available for lodging, as well as two modern motels.
those of you who enjoy the magic of Hollywood, we haven't
forgotten you. Downtown Atwood is home to the historic Jayhawk
Theater. Originally built in the 1920's, and painstakingly
renovated and upgraded by the community, this beautiful little
theater hosts the latest movies as well as local drama
productions. Of course, no movie is complete without hot
buttered popcorn, candy and soda, all available at the Jayhawk’s
concession stand. Box office hits are shown on weekends starting
at 7:30, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00.
Hungry? Choose everything from homemade Mexican food at Park
Hill, a hot fresh Pizza Hut pizza or the always-popular burgers
and fast food at numerous establishments around the county,
including My Place on Highway 36 and Tommy's Restaurant & Bowl on Highway 25. You can find this region’s
specialty—excellent steaks—in Atwood at the Aberdeen Steakhouse
or the Corner Pocket. If you head northeast to Herndon, you’ll
find Roger’s Bar & Grill and the B&S Café, offering steaks,
pizza and fast food. Two Lee’s Steakhouse serves steaks and other favorites in the charming town of
McDonald, which is located 18 miles west of Atwood on Highway
will enjoy a stop at the McDonald Grocery Store. Owner
has kept the flavor and feel of the old-time past, while
incorporating the updates needed to provide locals and visitors
of this fun and unique small-town grocery with a modern shopping
No matter what you need to relax and get away from the fast pace
of city life, you can find it in Atwood!