The visitor center has accessible parking available 24 hours daily. Concrete parking is also available west of the barn until the gates lock at 4:30 p.m. These spaces next to the barn have a walkway to the historic house.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available inside the visitor center. An after-hours restroom is in the Visitor Center breezeway. Accessible restrooms are also available at the historic ranch headquarters adjacent to the barn. The Bottomland Trail offers a comfort station equipped for wheelchairs.
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. Accessible parking is gravel, but close to the trailhead. Trails are open 24 hours year-round. The preserve is planning to resurface the trail with concrete, making for an all weather wheelchair accessible trail.
The Fox Creek Trail is mostly level grass trails with steep creek crossings. Rain makes the terrain very difficult with thick mud.
Hiking Trails with 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.
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Visitor Center Accessible Exhibits
A topographical map on a pedestal is directly located outside the Visitor Center. This hands-on exhibit lets visitors feel the historic ranch buildings in relation to land topography. In the Visitor Center 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. All visitor center exhibits are audio-described via a hand-held unit with headset available at the desk. View the Visitor Center page to learn more.
Audio Visual Program
A 10-minute site orientation video is open-captioned with audio-description available via headsets and/or hearing aid loop. A script is also available upon request.
Braille Park Brochure
The preserve's main brochure is available in Braille at the visitor center desk. It is also called the Black Band or Unigrid brochure.
The historic house is wheelchair accessible at the front doors and on the main level via concrete sidewalk and ramp. Self-guided Tours and virtual tours are available. The visitor center has a flip book showing interior photos of the house.
Historic barn's main floor is available via ramps. A ladder descends to the lower floor. Self-guided Tours and cell phone tours are available.
Historic One-room Schoolhouse
From May through December, 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 assist with your experience. The schoolhouse is accessible via removable ramps. Please call ahead for assistance. Self-guided Tours and cell phone tours are available.
Accessible Recreation Opportunities in Kansas
More places in Kansas offer accessible paths, trails, and many other experiences. 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: February 23, 2022