Flint Hills National Scenic Drive is a 47.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Council Grove, Kansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 47.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,761 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

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The Flint Hills scenic drive is a route through the heart of the flint hills passing through significant kansas pioneer sites and through the largest prairie reserve in the country. The drive starts at the Kaw Indian mission in Council Grove, Kansastravels south on route 177 to the town of Cassoday. The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway stretches 47.2 miles across the Flint Hills of Kansas on K-177 between Council Grove and Cassoday in east central Kansas. It is a beautiful drive year-round showing off the panoramic vistas of the tallgrass prairie. Historic sites abound in Council Grove including the Kaw Mission State Historic Site and Museum, Council Oak, Santa Fe Trail, Old Cowboy Jail, Post Office Oak and Museum, KATY Depot, Hays House and the Last Chance Store. Continuing south, the byway passes the recently designated Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve with its showcase limestone mansion, Fox Creek Schoolhouse and barn. It then goes through Strong City and Cottonwood Falls, site of the Chase County Courthouse, in operation since 1873, and the Roniger Native American Museum. South of Cottonwood Falls, the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway travels above the hills for more panoramic views of the ranches in the area then dips down into the creekside to follow magnificent stone walls around historic farmsteads still in operation.

road biking
8 months ago

Portions closed west of Admire, KS. Looks like culvert repair. Otherwise this rail trail is in excellent condition. Some country roads are also great for biking, but watch out for muddy spots. Kansas mud is a cross between peanut butter and portland cement, my brakes caked up. Barely saw another soul this summer morning.

scenic driving
Sun Apr 29 2018

It was a beautiful drive! If you want to see the Flint Hills this is a good way to do it.

Fri Jul 28 2017

Did the Tallgrass preserve trail a month ago. Me,my wife and youngest son enjoyed the views and got up close with a buffalo along the path.

scenic driving
Sun Apr 21 2013

Starting at Council Grove, their are 20 historic sites to see. This just begins the adventure. The National Prairie Reserve has many miles of trails to explore and historic buildings. And their are much more to see and do.

scenic driving
5 months ago

scenic driving
Sun Oct 26 2014