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

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

    Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. They have been quite active in recent weeks. Please stay on the trails and use caution in their vicinity. Do not come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd. More »

  • Handicap Parking Available at Visitor Center

    For the next several months, the handicap parking area by the barn is closed until the barn construction project is complete. Handicap parking is available at the Visitor Center.

Accessibility at the Preserve

viewing the waysides at the Bottomland Trail

Viewing the new waysides at the Bottomland Trail

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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

Due to the road being washed out, bus tours are not available this season.

House Tours

The historic house is available via our Virtual Tour website page. The visitor center has an exhibit showing interior photos of the house.

Virtual Tour Page

Historic Limestone House and Barn

Due to construction this season, these buildings are closed.

Virtual Tour Page

Historic One-room Schoolhouse

On weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in May, June, September, and October the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse is open for viewing from noon until 4 p.m. and is staffed by volunteers. 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 in the house. 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. Due to construction on the barn, the handicap parking near the barn is closed.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities at the historic ranch headquarters are available adjacent to the barn.

The Bottomland Trail offers a flushable comfort station equipped for wheelchairs.

Did You Know?

Grazing cattle at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.