The International Forest of Friendship is a 5-acre wooded park with trails dedicated to the world history of aviation and aerospace. This forest is nestled into a slope overlooking Lake Warnock, on the outskirts of Atchison, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. The lovely surroundings provide a serene and peaceful place to go for some fresh air and exercise, to learn more, and to honor those who have contributed to aerospace and aviation.
The paved pathways wind through the woods and are embedded with granite plaques engraved with the names of over 1400 honorees. You’re sure to be moved when you gaze upon the monuments dedicated to the 17 astronauts who lost their lives on Apollo 14, and the seven who lost their lives on Shuttle Columbia. The main pathway, Memorial Lane, leads to a grove of trees with benches. Here Fido can rest his paws while you enjoy some solitude and shade. More treats that you’ll find along your travels include a gazebo, pond, waterfall, and picnic grounds.
A horticulturist’s delight, this forest is comprised of trees from all 50 states, and 36 countries and territories around the world where the honorees are from. Because of this unique feature, this park is considered a living, growing memorial. These include a tree from Amelia Earhart’s grandfather’s farm, a tree from George Washington’s Estate, and even the “Moon Tree”, a tree grown from a seed taken to the moon on Apollo 14. Whether you have an interest in trees or not, they beautifully adorn the park and walking paths.
Dogs are welcome to join their humans for a walk on these trails, as long as they stay leashed and on their best behavior. Be sure to bring your own waste bags, and stoop and scoop whenever necessary, and bring plenty of water. The peaceful surroundings and beautiful pathways in the International Forest of Friendship are sure to send you and your dog over the moon.