Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.
Good place for a walk. Little museum and gift shop with information about the Tall Grass. Bison pasture always a popular walk. Barn and house available to look around. In my opinion more could be done to preserve the house as paper is peeling off walls and plaster work very damaged, but unfortunately that means more funds required. Always good for the Junior ranger crest as well.
I came here once when I was very young and returned again recently. It was great. The trails are nice, very scenic. The bus tour had some even nicer views than the hiking trails did. Our tour guide was a good balance of informative and casual. The barn was very cool, full of interesting old farm appliances. I would definitely suggest this. I think most people would be surprised at how much they would enjoy it.
Beautiful way to experience the rich, vast landscape and history that is Kansas. Hiking among buffalo is quite an experience! Visitor center is in architectural harmony with the surrounding tallgrass Prairie and the native limestone that characterizes Spring Hill Ranch. Very nice day trip, especially combined with nearby points of interest in Chase County and Council Grove.
So much fun going to hike here. Watch out for the bison, they made us change our plans and go another direction when they wouldn't get off the trail.
Amazing place. Highly recommended! Sure, it's not mountains, but it's unique in its own. I can't compare it to a Mountain park because it's a completely different view. It's the most scenic place in Kansas or near Kansas City. You may be skeptical thinking it's just 'tall grass', but it's more than that. There are basically no trees anywhere so you can see for literally 10's of miles and all directions and the flint hills add to the scenery. Also, the sky is huge and surrounds you. It's quite a unique experience. You won't be disappointed! It's also a place of solitude. I've been on the trail 4 times and one time I never saw 1 other person for 2 hours of hiking in the huge open expanse of the preserve and the other times I only saw a few other people but they get lost in the distance. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, it has even larger hills and IMO is even more amazing. It's like the flint hills on steroids.