Do not attempt to pet or come in close contact with the bison, even if they approach you. These are wild animals and will charge or defend themselves when feeling threatened. Allow at least 125 yards (more than a football field) between you and the bison.
Tour map is available for download below.
- Please check the forecast HERE before hiking.
- Preserve Hiking Trails Map with Trail Names and Mileage (4.45 MB)
- Hiking Trail Description Guide (4.2 MB)
Visitors may experience the backcountry of the preserve through the trail system. No permit is required. Trails are open 24 hours, daily; camping and biking not allowed. Preserve trails are for foot traffic only. A bicycle rack is provided in the top parking lot for your convenience.
Strollers are welcome on trails, but be aware that trails are gravel roads and mowed trails and may not be conducive to the typical stroller wheels. For safety, please use good judgement before hiking into the bison pasture with children in strollers. Safer trails if hiking with small children are the Southwind Nature Trail, Bottomland, and Fox Creek Trails.
The preserve has over 40 miles of hiking and nature trails. Trail maps are available at the ranger information desk in the visitor center, in the kiosks near the historic ranch buildings, or downloaded from the link above. A short introductory training session is available before hiking into the backcountry during business hours. Visitors are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and hiking gear, bring plenty of drinking water, use sunblock and insect repellent, and stay on the designated ranch roads and hiking trails. No smoking or pets are allowed on the backcountry trails.