Out of the 170-million acres of the tallgrass prairie that once stretched across the lands of mid-America, only 4% remains. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills is the last stand of the American wild grasslands. And you can take a hike through the tallgrass prairie, imagining what once was and appreciating what some people have worked hard to conserve against all odds.
The 11,000 acres of the preserve is open to backcountry hiking. This is the largest section of Tallgrass Prairie left in the world. It is very beautiful, especially at sunrise and sunset. For a quick day hike and a good sunset view, I recommend this loop.
Ranch Legacy/ Bus Tour Road
This approximately 3-mile loop will give you a quick and romantic view of the prairie. It will place you up on a ridge so that you can view the surrounding grasslands and sunset with ease. Check the weather report before heading out there. Kansas is notorious for its weather, so be prepared. Check-in at the Visitor’s Center before heading out there. Take a map, water, and a flashlight.
This park has an incredible diversity of plants, especially grasses and wildflowers. Also, enjoy the many different species of birds. The iconic North American Bison is present. Be advised! They are free-roaming. And they can be very dangerous, so keep your distance.
For details about the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, click here.
For the Tallgrass Prairie Trail Guide, click here.
For a detailed trail map, click here.
For other hiking destinations, click here.
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