Accessible Hiking Trails Using Trekker Breeze+ Hand-held Units
All forty miles of hiking trails and the cultural ranch site are now accessible to visitors with visual impairments using the hand-held device called Trekker Breeze+.
Using GPS technology, the preserve's hiking trails and ranch site can now be enjoyed by all, opening up a new interpretive program. Different paths and courses have been created using text to voice, recorded animal sounds, bird calls, and guiding information and directions. Hear the sound made by the bison, bird calls, coyotes, and the voice of a park ranger telling about the natural and cultural resources that make up the preserve. These pieces all lend themselves to a greater understanding and appreciation for the nearly 11,000 acres of natural and cultural resources.
Come to the visitor center to check out a Trekker Breeze, returning unit by 4:00 p.m. Let us know about your experience.
Visitor Center Exhibits for Accessibility - All visitor center exhibits are audio-described via a hand-held unit with headset (can be checked out at the desk). In the breezeway, an exhibit representing a soil core of the prairie can be touched, but please do not climb. A seasons mural with tactile elements is available outside the visitor center. A topographical map on a pedestal is directly located outside the visitor center as seen in the photo above. It is a hands-on exhibit to allow the feel of the historic ranch buildings in relation to land topography. View the Visitor Center page to learn more.
The Bottomland Trail is wheelchair friendly (except when wet) with trailhead kiosk, five interpretive waysides, wheelchair accessible 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. In the fall of 2021, the trail will be resurfaced with concrete, making for an all weather wheelchair accessible trail.
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.
Parking at the Preserve
Braille Park Brochure
Historic One-room Schoolhouse
ACCESSIBLE RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES IN KANSAS
For more places in Kansas that offer accessible paths, trails, and many other experiences, visit this link to learn what is available in all 105 Kansas counties. Website is maintained by the University of Kansas, Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies. Visit back often, as the list continues to grow.
Last updated: April 21, 2021