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Konza Prairie Research Natural Area

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Address: McDowell Creek Road, 5 miles northeast of I-70, Junction City, KS 66502
Phone Number: 785-587-0441

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Konza Prairie is a must see

It's a nice hike , we seen all kinds of wildlife . The bobwhite quail, were calling out all over the place. The turkey's were feeding in the fields,and even seen a whitetail doe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
James A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a nice hike , we seen all kinds of wildlife . The bobwhite quail, were calling out all over the place. The turkey's were feeding in the fields,and even seen a whitetail doe and a fawn.

Thank James A
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only walked the 2.6 mile nature trail loop, but you can extend the walk to 6 miles if you like. The trail is very well marked and maintained and leads to a high ridge that gives you outstanding views out over the Flint Hills and to Manhattan. It also takes you by a riverside community in the bottoms, so... More 

Thank Wanderlust777
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been a while, but I want to mention that driving pass it does not seem to give it the justice of being a remarkable place. If you are a runner you will definitely enjoy it more as you will be able to be one with the rolling hills and animals that feed off the plains. It offers quite the... More 

Thank Kenneth V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We did a hike from the parking area to the summit of one of the hills. About 1-1.5 miles is what we did, but there are much longer trails. Nice view of the Flint Hills from where we stopped. Hot July day limited us. Beautiful scenery and walk into the natural area.

Thank Joe B
North, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Konza Prairie was a magnificent place to visit. Open spaces to walk. We were lucky to arrive when a group of school children were learning in the old school house. It was like "Little House on the Prairie". So happy we made the visit.

1 Thank wlbox
manhattan ks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Take the time to listen to the grass grow. It is one of the only natural grass preserves in the United States. It has thousands of different grasses, some planted or brought by pioneers and some brought by the wind.

1 Thank ejoeb1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

The hiking trail is easily accessible by car. There are actually 3 trails that all start at the same trailhead and just make longer loops. It all depends on whether you want to hike the 2, 4 or 6 mile trail. All are good trails with nice views of the surrounding river valley. In spring you may see turkeys and... More 

2 Thank travelgreatcountry
Junction City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

There's a place on K-177 that has a gazebo and walking paths that take you right to the edge of the cliff. No matter what the season, you can always plan on a great picture from here!

Thank MeDammit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I run a race in the area every year. It is a 25K trail race through the Konza Prairie. Absolutely gorgeous and worth going for the race or just to hike through.

1 Thank SPB_71
Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We would not have heard about this place except for relatives that live in the area. This is a research center, but has hiking trails through the prairie. There are beautiful views that give you a sense of what this part of the world looked like before farms, settlements, etc. Beautiful flowers abound in the summer, but even in the... More 

2 Thank AggieJoe79

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