• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

Accessibility at the Preserve

viewing the waysides at the Bottomland Trail

Viewing the new waysides at the Bottomland Trail

National Park Service

Trail Access

The Bottomland Trail is wheelchair friendly (except when wet) with trailhead kiosk, five interpretive waysides, comfort station, picnic area, benches, and two varying length trails of 3/4 or 1/2 mile. Handicap parking (gravel, but close to the trailhead) is available. Trails are open 24 hours year-round.

Travel south of historic ranch headquarters area on K-177 for two miles, turning left (east) onto the gravel country road adjacent to St. Anthony cemetery. Travel east on gravel road for 1/3 mile. Watch for trail sign on the north (left) side of the road.

Bus Tours
Bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Bus tour road is being repaired with tours available this season. Watch for announcement.

House Tours
The main level of the historic house is available via removable ramps. Please ask the ranger at the visitor center for assistance. House is also available at our Virtual Tour website page. The visitor center has a flip book showing interior photos of the house. Once house is repaired, daily guided house tours will be provided. House will also be available for self-guiding tours.

Virtual Tour Page

Historic Limestone House and Barn
Historic barn is open and house is being repaired, with plans to be open early summer. Main level of the barn is available via ramps.

Virtual Tour Page

Historic One-room Schoolhouse
From May through October, the schoolhouse is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in May, June, September, and October the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse is staffed with volunteers from noon until 4 p.m. to answer questions. The schoolhouse is accessible via removable ramps. Please call ahead for assistance. Follow the link below to view the interior of the buildings.

Virtual Tour Page

Audio Visual Program
A 10-minute site orientation video is available at the visitor center. Presentation is open-captioned with audio-description available via headsets and/or hearing aid loop. A script is also available upon request.

Parking at the Preserve
The visitor center has handicap parking available. Handicap parking is also available west of the barn until 4:30 p.m. when the gates are locked.

Restroom Facilities
Handicap restroom facilities are available at the visitor center both inside and at the after-hours restroom inside the breezeway of the visitor center. Handicap accessible restrooms are also available at the historic ranch headquarters adjacent to the barn.

The Bottomland Trail offers a comfort station equipped for wheelchairs.

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