Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Strong City, KS that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 317 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tall grass prairie and its cultural resources. Hike through the extensive trail system among a herd of Bison.

hiking
2 months ago

Made about a 10 mile loop hike...saw the Bison heard. Suggest binoculars and a good camera for best photo results..take water.Very enjoyable hike....wide open country...do not consider a summer time hike..no shade... otherwise do it.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful!! Only certain trails are approved for dogs but they were beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Great place for long easy hikes. Visitor center closed at 4:30 so I missed that today but I'll check it out tomorrow. I got to see several Bison and some were even right on the path causing me to have to take a short cut around them. Not to many parks are so open and flat(ish) it was fun to see all around as apposed to a trail in the woods. :)

10 months ago

National Park in Kansas? Pretty cool!

hiking
10 months ago

Great day for a hike! Crossing the creek was COLD!!!

1 year ago

1 year ago

Nice hiking trails, trails are marked with their names on cement bricks

hiking
1 year ago

I really love prairies, and this was a great example. Beautiful rolling hills, really diverse plant life, big open skies. The trail we used was wide and easy walking.
We attempted a hike in late October, but the weather got the best of us. We were prepared for 40* and rainy, but not 20* and a snowstorm!

hiking
1 year ago

Completed 4 miles with my two kids. Nice trails, easy to follow on maps from visitor center. Didn't get to see the bison, but maybe next time.

hiking
1 year ago

Did the 2 section trail with my dogs, early this year. Rolling hills were pretty and there wasn't a person in sight. Creeks and ponds were dried up. Only con, was that the TH had no signage and I had to guess at its location based on maps. There's a public posting board with fish limits and warnings, but that's it. Then you pass through 2 small gates.... or at least I did. The trail was easy to follow.

hiking
1 year ago

We did the 7 mile loop in early February. Great setting, full moon and sunrise. Not much scenery given the season (dormant or burned off grass and cloudy). Great to walk within a few hundred yards of the bison in their territory. Heard and saw several coyotes. Planning on going back again during storm/growing season!

hiking
2 years ago

Very nice hike over grass, dirt and gravel trails. Natural beauty of the land takes one's breath away. Plenty of different trails available, mostly flat but there are some long, gradual uphills. Enjoyed seeing the sea of tall grass, even had the pleasure of seeing a herd or bison, Recommend this trail if you want nice long or short hikes. Did not see too many other hikers which added to the solitude.

hiking
2 years ago

If you like prairie, you'll love this.

hiking
3 years ago

What a great trail to hike!
The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve is a NPS site and the trails are available 24/7...no camping but I always take a bivi-bag and so it's good to set up for the night to get those sunrise shots of the buffalo herd!
Although it is possible to night hike out here no one seems to do that much. I thought it was the absolute BEST time to do this series of trails. Pick a full moon and you will have the whole place to yourself AND be able to see some amazing wildlife at dusk, midnight and dawn.
Nice little motels and B&Bs available nearby in Strong City and Cottonwood Falls.
If you want total solitude and a place to explore that has not changed in 100,000 years...then this, my friends, is the place!

hiking
3 years ago

The visitor Center is appears large but really has very little in displays. The Historic buildings offer more to see. Over 20 miles of trails throughout the preserve. Well worth the trip.