Explore the most popular birding trails in Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great weather and lots of views on the 7 mile loop. Bison blocked the return trail so had to hop over the gait and return by the dirt road till reaching the old school house.

Spent 5 days hiking the trails of Tallgrass. Beautiful!! We saw buffalo 4 of the 5 days. Got as close as I wanted to get to a bull on the Davis Trail.

flat gravel or grass trail. you might see some buffalo.

Hiked a few of the trails and took the bus tour. We were very lucky that the heard was resting right on the bus route! The schoolhouse is interesting and so is the ranch house and barn. My family is now in love with this place and plan to go back and hike some of the other trails.

5 months ago

many trails on the property. we had a great time on a quick 8 miles. will def be back!

Beautiful country but not a very long trail. Nice moderate walk.

My friends and I went on a Saturday afternoon in early Spring. Very easy trails! We were very happy that they had dog friendly trails that they highlighted for us to take the puppy on! It was a nice afternoon and we were able to see different plants that were starting to come up.

7 months ago

This is a national treasure. It is about 75% of the remaining tall grass prairie in the world. That is because it is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world with only about 4% remaining world wide. See the flowers and grasses that once covered most of the Midwest from Texas to Canada. See the last of a few genetically pure Bison in this insurance heard. The trails and visitors center are lovingly curated and protected by The Parks Dept and the Nature Conservancy.

Great views with plenty of open country. Nice for a day trip. Nothing spectacular but nice for Kansas.

Went on the 7 mile hike in late April. Early morning is great for getting your hike in before it gets too hot. Saw Bison and Cattle along as well as on the trails. Don’t get too close to the Bison as they might charge. The trail is very easy.

10 months ago

Stopped on our way through Kansas and got out hiking. Very little traffic the day we went. Had hoped to see some bison but not our day, hopefully next time.

10 months ago

Beautiful prairie and wonderful trails. We went to the (I think it’s called) “Outback Country” where there were free roaming bison. We wanted to play it safe and give the bison their space so about 10 minutes into the hike after seeing a herd of about 10-15 we turned back. We enjoyed a lot of the other trails and I would definitely go again.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Great place to spend a few hours walking in the open air. Easy access and even easier trails.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

wide, well marked, mowed trails. numbered limestone blocks with a full trail map at nearly every junction. spectacular views. arrive before sunrise and hike up about a half mile to the north to a high point to watch the sunrise. well worth the effort!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Very informative and interesting. One of the best things to do in Kansas. Kind and knowledgeable rangers.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I hike at Tallgrass at least 3 times a week over the past month. I have YET to be disappointed. I've lived in the area for 4+ years and only recently discovered this GEM! A lot of the trails are simply mowed grass with no gravel, but they do have multiple trails that are gravel or pea-gravel. The scenery is worth the drive! I visit Tallgrass usually after hours (center closes at 4:30, but trails are open 24/7) and rarely see others out hiking. The lack of trailhead markings is a bummer, but I kind of like the simplicity and the preservation that Tallgrass provides.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

We saw wild Bison along the main trails and several herds in the distance off the main trail. There is minimal shade so come prepared with plenty of sunblock and water. Also make sure that your phone is fully charged as there are several trails both main and off trails. We used our GPS off trails as it's easy to get turned round. Close to the main road we found a small wooded area near a creek and a couple of historical buildings.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The trails were pretty overgrown and wet when I visited on Labor Day 2016, which made hiking with my small dog a little tough. But the historical buildings and the trails off that main welcome area were fun and beautiful on a blue-sky Kansas day. I'll be visiting again soon.

Friday, February 17, 2017

awesome place wish I would have came here sooner, nice easy trail, historic buildings.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Love this place. You can get lost on the prairie. Lots of options.

Monday, October 03, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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. :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

National Park in Kansas? Pretty cool!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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

Sunday, October 25, 2015

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

Monday, October 12, 2015

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!

Monday, September 07, 2015

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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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.

Friday, April 03, 2015

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!

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