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+.
Visitor Center Accessible Exhibits
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.
The visitor center has handicap parking available 24 hours daily. Handicap parking is also available west of the barn until 4:30 p.m. when the gates are locked. Concrete parking spaces are next to the barn with walkway to the historic house.
Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities are available at the visitor center both inside and in the after-hours restroom inside the breezeway of the visitor center. Accessible restrooms are also available at the historic ranch headquarters adjacent to the barn. The Bottomland Trail offers a comfort station equipped for wheelchairs.
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.
Braille Park Brochure
The preserve's main brochure is now available in Braille at the visitor center desk. It is also called the Black Band or Unigrid brochure.
Upon reopening, the house is wheelchair accessible to the front doors and on the main level via concrete sidewalk and ramp. House is available at our Virtual Tour website page and for self-guiding tours in person. The visitor center has a flip book showing interior photos of the house.
Historic barn's main floor is available via ramps.
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 answer questions and assist with your experience. The schoolhouse is accessible via removable ramps. Please call ahead for assistance.
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: October 23, 2021