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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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Great outdoor activity!

The trails were well marked with lots of historical and informational postings on the bulletin... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
J9450VP
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Salina
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Another good preservation

Visited 10-31-18. I picked the wrong day to see much due to a lot of maintenance going on. What I... read more

Reviewed November 22, 2018
Poudre1
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Bellvue, Colorado
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Established in 1996, the park aims to preserve what little remains of the once vast American tallgrass prairie.
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2840B KS Hwy 177, Strong City, KS 66869
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trails were well marked with lots of historical and informational postings on the bulletin boards throughout the area. The 60° weather in January helped to make the day enjoyable! I recommend this to people of all ages!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 22, 2018

Visited 10-31-18. I picked the wrong day to see much due to a lot of maintenance going on. What I did get to see was excellent. Just the area is great. I will go back at a later date.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Amazing slice of Kansas history. I went Thanksgiving week. I did not see any park staff during my visit from the visitor center to the amazing limestone barn to the homestead. I almost felt like if something had happened to me during my visit how...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

I love that this place is here. There's only 4% of tall grass prairie left in the US and most of it is here, in Kansas.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roxy236
Reviewed November 15, 2018

Great area to enjoy nature and hike along well preserved trails. Offers a nice selection of trails depending on how far you are wanting to hike. The highlight is hiking through the pasture where the bison roam. There is a helpful information/visitor center at the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank dylanl863
Reviewed October 25, 2018

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is an 11,000 acre preserve of Tallgrass Prairie that once covered much of central North America. It is a somewhat unique park in that it is privately owned by the Nature Conservancy but managed by the National Park Service. A herd...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed October 14, 2018

My husband and I visited here on a recent road trip that included Kansas. We live part of the time near the Atlantic Ocean. I like to go down to the shore and stare out at the vast expanse of water. It is so peaceful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank gemcityer
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Oh, please stop and visit here if you are in the area. You will not regret it. Take a hike to the first overlook. You can feel Spirit there!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DPenn_11
Reviewed September 15, 2018

We arrived embarrassed as residents of the state, we were unknowledgeable about the "gem" in the prairie until Sept., 2018! There is a nice visitor center to tour and staff happy to discuss activities available for the public on the preserve - hiking, self guided...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Les H
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Went to see the plains in their pristine conditions. Very educational and serene trip to the plains heartland. I commend the National Parks Service for the preservation and maintenance of this location. You need to reserve the bus tour through the park before in order...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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KatyW152
April 5, 2018|
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Response from TeddyDean | Reviewed this property |
Katy, I would suggest that there are several trails that would comfortably accommodate a stroller. If you are literally wanting to run with a "jogging stroller," that might prove more challenging and not conducive to any... More
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Dennis S
January 23, 2018|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
The weather would probably be much nicer in May and the Buffalo start calving in mid-April so you would have a better chance to see babies in May.
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sjchanda
May 21, 2017|
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Response from Melissa E | Reviewed this property |
Late June will probably be a good time to see the grass at a pretty decent height. I would suggest that the later in summer you can go, the taller it will be. When you go, make sure to use insect repellant as there could... More
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bscarlett
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Two days in Eastern Kansas (2 Replies)
We are spending four days in Branson and we would like to spend two days in eastern Kansas before we head back home to Pennsylvania. We will leave Branson at 8:00 AM on Thursday and start heading back home mid-day Saturday. My thought was to drive to Emporia (with a quick stop in Independence area to visit Little House on the Prairie) on Thursday and then drive to Lawrence on Friday. We will definitely visit Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Any suggestions on routes to take and things...More
July 07, 2016|
Response fromlighthouselovertoo|
The wheat harvest will have already happened. You are a little early for sunflowers, but might hit the timing right. However, most sunflower fields are farther west. K75 is a faster road and takes you past the only nuclear plant in Kansas. 99 is a bit slower, but still OK. If you go that way, you could stop at the Chicken House in Olpe for fried chicken. The southeast corner of Kansas has a lot of interesting spots, including a short stretch of Historic Route 66 which has many quirky...More
sabsehpehle
New York City, New York
Week Long Road Trip Through Kansas (3 Replies)
I am going to be driving through Kansas and expect to stay a week. What should I go see and visit? I love nature/scenery/food/culture. Here's what I have so far! Wilson State Park Monument Rocks Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Massachusetts Street First Friday/Kansas City
April 16, 2018|
Response fromSASFall91|
Lake Scott State Park, Quivira Wildlife Refuge or Cheyenne Bottoms or both but we liked Quivira better, maybe the salt mine, Monument Rocks you have, also Rock City. It's a beautiful state