Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located 17 miles south of Council Grove or two miles north of Strong City, Kansas on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.
Established November 12, 1996, the preserve is the only unit of the National Park System dedicated to the rich natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. This 10,894-acre portion of the once vast tallgrass prairie is being preserved as a critical resource for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations. It is a unique private/public partnership between the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy.
The preserve features wide open spaces, beautiful vistas, seasonal wildflowers, wildlife, bison and plenty of solitude. The preserve has over 40 miles of hiking and nature trails. Visitors can enjoy historic house tours of an 1880s limestone mansion, a massive three-story limestone barn, Lower Fox Creek one-room schoolhouse, and two front country nature trails. Cell phone tours of the historic buildings and prairie are available. During the summer months, guided bus tours into the prairie are available daily. Bus tours are wheelchair accessible.