16 Places To Fly Drones In The Plains
The middle of America has some beautiful and bizarre attractions for drone fliers, from the Ozark mountains to a 38-foot tall cow, and a replica of Stonehenge made out of vintage automobiles.
NOTE: We have checked that all of these places are legal to fly, and that they allow drones. We’ve noted any restrictions, such as local airports that need to be notified. However, the rules around drones are constantly changing at the federal, state and local level so you should always check before you fly. Sites such as AirMap and the FAA’s own Know Before You Fly provide regularly updated maps that you should check before you take off.
The Ozark Mountains
The Ozark Mountains are beautiful to fly over any time of the year, according to Ozark Drones, an Arkansas drone video company who put together this video of the mountains in spring, summer, fall and winter. We would be inclined to agree, especially in the fall with the beautiful colors of the leaves.
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Greers Ferry Lake
About 60 miles north of Little Rock, Greers Ferry lake is a reservoir that has become a hotspot for boating on a warm day. As such, it’s a wonderful spot to fly a drone, with plenty of interesting shoreline, boats and other things to fly over.
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Albert the Bull
Albert is a bull. A 30-foot tall bull with 15 feet between the horns. He's made of concrete and lives in a park in downtown Audubon, Iowa.
High Trestle Trail Bridge
Built on the remains of an old railway bridge, the High Trestle Trail is a bike path with a difference. It spans the Des Moines river with remarkable views over the river and surrounding towns, and is illuminated at night.
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The Keeper of the Plains
The Keeper is a huge statue on the grounds of the Mid-American All-Indian Center, which works to preserve American Indian culture and art. It’s a remarkable piece of work that dominates the skyline. It is close to a few airports in Withchita, though, so check before you fly over this remarkable sculpture.
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Big Brutus is big. Damn big. At 160 feet tall and with a 150 feet boom, this massive dip digger dominates the skyline. It's located in a mining museum that also has plenty of other interesting exhibits on the history of mining.
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Elephant Rocks State Park
This park got its name from a geological oddity, a series of granite rocks that look like a family of elephants walking in a line. It makes for a great backdrop for videos.
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Worlds second largest rocking chair
Keep on rockin in the free world with the world’s second largest rocking chair, located in Fanning, just off historic route 66. It was the biggest until a larger one was built in Illinois.
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Replicas of Stonehenge were all the fashion once, it seems. This one, near Alliance in Nebraska, is made out of vintage american automobiles, painted to match the dull grey rocks of the original.
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Chimney rock is a rock pillar that stands nearly 300 feet high. Located in western Nebraska, the rock was a familiar navigation point for wagon trains heading further west.
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North Dakota is mostly flat, but standing proud near one of the lumpier bits is Salem Sue, a giant cow. She’s the world's largest Holstein sculpture, a 38-foot high tribute to the dairy heritage of the state.
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This 32-mile stretch of highway in the western part of the state is home to some of the largest scrap metal sculptures in the world. There are seven sculptures in total, including “geese in flight” shown in this video.
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The Blue Whale of Catoosa
This charming roadside playground was built when a local businessman wanted to make an unusual birthday gift for his wife. He succeeded by building a large water slide and playground in the shape of a blue whale.
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No trip down Route 66 would be complete without a visit to Pops, a soda pop store that looks like it just landed outside Arcadia. Come for the 66-foot high LED illuminated soda bottle, stay for the signature collection of over 700 types of soda pop.
Giant Prarie Dog
If you get sick of the Badlands National Park and their ban on drones, the Badlands Ranch has the antidote: a giant Prairie Dog. This landmark stands proudly along the main road into the park next to the ranch store, where you can also feed live prairie dogs.
Porter Sculture Park
The Porter Sculpture park is the home to over fifty sculptures by Wayne Porter which are more frightening than folksy. Visitors are encouraged to climb and take photos with the sculptures of subjects from pink dragons and giant bull heads, and the park welcomes drone users and pets.
Other Places To Fly A Drone
Don't live in the area? Check out these other places where you can fly your drone.