Deep Creek Falls is currently about 60 feet wide during high water. The ledge extending along the far bank will
collapse someday and the falls will be about 20 feet shorter.
One of the best kept secrets in Kansas is the Deep Creek Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area, a few miles southeast of Manhattan, Kansas. Although the site gets a fair number of local partying teens, as well fishing, hiking, canoeing visitors in the summer, this beautiful 60 feet long, 5 feet high waterfall should get a lot more year around attention. There is no place nicer than sitting on a rock near the base of Deep Creek Waterfall on a sunny Spring day.
Pillsbury Crossing is a low water river crossing where vehicles following Pillsbury Crossing Lane drive a 100' stretch through a few inches of running water. The Falls are just a few dozen feet down river from the crossing and can be reached from parking spots next to the east side of Pillsbury Crossing. Deep Creek Waterfall can also be reached from the north side where you must climb down about a 30' rock face. The climb isn't bad if you are careful, just enough to add a little adventure to the visit. The more risky footing is stepping into the very shallow water. The wet rocks are extremely slick.
The Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area was donated to the Department of Wildlife and Parks in 1967. The 59 acres along Deep Creek provide public access to one of the most scenic areas of the northern Flint Hills region. Located seven miles southeast of Manhattan, the natural flat rock crossing was named for pioneer J. H. Pillsbury, who settled here in 1855.
There is a short hiking trail or hikers may follow the
sides of Deep Creek. There is good channel cat fishing both above and
Primitive camping is available at Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area, but only by special permit.
To get to Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area from I-70, take exit 316 and go north on Deep Creek Road 5 miles. Turn right on Pillsbury Crossing Road approximately 2 miles to Pillsbury Crossing Lane. These are all dirt roads.
To get to Pillsbury Crossing and Deep Creek Waterfall from Manhattan, drive south on Highway 177 two miles to Deep Creek Road. Turn left and drive three miles to Pillsbury Crossing Road. Follow Pillsbury Crossing Road two miles.
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