Accessibility at the Preserve

visitor using Trekker Breeze unit
Visitor testing out the new accessibility units, preparing for the hiking trails.
Hiking Trails Accessible 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.
 
Trekker Breeze Unit
Trekker Breeze+ Units Available for Check Out at the Visitor Center

Trail Access

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.

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.
 
viewing the waysides at the Bottomland Trail
Viewing the new waysides at the Bottomland Trail

National Park Service

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.

Parking at the Preserve
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.

Restroom Facilities
Handicap restroom facilities are available at the visitor center both inside and in 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.

Bus Tours
Bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift.

House Accessibility
The main level of the historic house is available via removable ramps. Please ask the ranger at the visitor center for assistance. 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.

Virtual Tour Page

Barn Accessibility
Historic barn's main floor 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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869

Phone:

(620) 273-8494 xhit 0

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