Barn Quilts

Take a scenic drive along the backroads of Cowley County and seek out the 160 barn quilts displayed on barns, businesses, community facilities and outbuildings. A leg of the Flint Hills Quilt Trail, the Cowley County trail has rapidly grown the last two years.


Many of the small communities in Cowley County have mini-trails within their towns for your enjoyment. Printable maps and a Google map are available here.

In 2016, Cowley County was officially designated as the Stone-Bridge Capital of Kansas. Eighteen stone-arch bridges built in the early 1900's draw visitors to the area. A self-guided tour of the bridges is a great companion to seeking out the barn quilts across the county. Maps and directions to the bridges are available here.

Many quirky and historical roadside attractions include the site where helium was discovered in 1903 in the small town of Dexter, a reconstructed replica of a cabin constructed in the 1880's, and a tiny chapel created to an atmosphere of simplicity and reverence of the 1910 era, are just a few of the fun things to do in the county.

Backroad dining is at its best in Cowley County with six dining establishments along the country side. Known for great home cooking and family favorites. A stop at any of the caf├ęs is a must while in Cowley County.

Contact Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 for more information on the many things to do and see in Cowley County.