The Ozark Plateau starts in southeast Kansas, providing a tangled, rugged, beautiful landscape of rich wooded hills and winding rivers. In addition to wonderful scenery and a population of 520,000, some communities, like Fort Scott, retain classic turn-of-the-century looks, while Victorian homes can be found on beautiful old-fashioned brick streets.
The only major Civil War battle in Kansas was fought in this region, and rich history abounds throughout. An authentic, reconstructed log cabin is located on the original site where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as a child in Independence, and many festivals, fairs, and colorful holiday events can be found here.
Fishing is a very popular sport here; prime fishing can be found at lakes reclaimed from old mine pits and the four major reservoirs in Kansas. "Little Ozarks Country" is chocked full of colorful nature and friendly communities.
There are currently 15 hospitals located here.