Wells Overlook County Park

Wells Overlook Rd
Wakarusa, KS 66046
(785) 832-7980

 Open daily 6AM - 10PM

Wells Overlook Map

Wells Overlook - Lawrence, Kansas
Wells Overlook County Park
View from Wells Overlook - Lawrence, Kansas

Wells Overlook County Park is an attractive scenic lookout point about 3 miles south of Lawrence, Kansas. The property was donated to Douglas County in 1971 by William Wells. The two story observation tower is on a hill and surrounded by a small park with a 1/4 mile nature trail, picnic area with tables and shelter.

The Lawrence Journal World says it is possible to walk up to the tower from N.1000 Road after the gate is closed for the night, but implies that the park is not a good place to visit after hours.

Wells Overlook is 3/4 mile east of US-59 on the south side of N. 1000 Road (County Route 458). The tower is not accessible and the trees originally blocked the view from the ground, but an ADA accessible look out called the Passerine Pavilion was added in 2021.

Accessible Wells Overlook - Lawrence, Kansas
 Passerine Pavilion - ADA accessible look out

Wells Overlook County Park

Observation Tower - Lawrence, Kansas
Wells Park Observation Tower


Looking south from the observation tower

Looking north at Lawrence

University of Kansas from Wells Park
The University of Kansas through a zoom lens

Wells Overlook Map - Lawrence, Kansas
Wells Overlook Map

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