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Southwind Nature Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Strong City, Kansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 295 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Views

Wild flowers

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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.

There are historic buildings, a new visitor's center, and a for fee bus tour. Several hiking trails

Mail: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Attn: Park Rangers (Jr. Ranger Program) 2480 B Ks Hwy 177 Strong City, KS 66869 Visitor Contact Station Location: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Visitor Center 2480B KS Hwy 177 Strong City, KS 66869 Phone: 620-273-8494

The preserve is located in northern Chase County, Kansas 2 miles north of intersection U.S. Hwy 50 and Flint Hills National Scenic Byway 177 (K-177) west of Strong City.

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Zailan Wiggins
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HikingBugsOff trail

A fun walk with a very scenic view. There were lots of ticks. Would recommend.

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Matthew Walsh
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Joseph Weakland
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Hiking

C’était pas mal mais un peu trop près de l’autoroute et puis la vue n’était rien de très spéciale. Paisible mais je ne sais pas si cette route en vaut la peine s’il faut conduire plus d’une heure. Je vais essayer les autres chemins à l’autre bout de la colline et j’espère que ça sera un peu plus amusant.

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Angie Kay
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Hiking

Nice trail to the schoolhouse and then up to the top to overlook the prairie. We had the dogs so we couldn't go past the fence onto the prairie trails. Then we enjoyed a lunch in Council Grove before heading home. A nice day trip from Wichita!

JD Courage
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Hiking

Nice hike out to the old school house, which was open. At times, it actually was "uphill both ways." Good landscape variety ... prairie grass, trees, and a creek. Beautiful, expansive views of the tallgrass prairie. We saw bison in the distance in a neighboring pasture. The trail length was just right for my kids and 70ish yr old father.

Douglas Brubaker
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Hiking

Bison, bison, bison everywhere. Had a great time, nice easy hike. Definitely recommend

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Robert Badgett
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Hiking

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.

Lawrence Warren
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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.

Beth Caruso-Loss
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flat gravel or grass trail. you might see some buffalo.

Anthony Martinez
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Hiking

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.

CHAD RUSSELL
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Hiking

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

Sarah Velasquez
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Walking

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

Kate Wheeldon
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Hiking

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.

Phaedra Svec
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Hiking

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.

Stephen Barlow
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Hiking

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

Jasmine G
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Hiking

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.

Scott Fergel
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Hiking

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.

Carley Nelson
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Hiking

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.

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

Tyler Fike
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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!

June Orleander
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Walking

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

Callie Fishburn
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Hiking

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.

Delanie Cooper
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Here’s the deal- the buffalos are worth the trip. They are chill and right up close. However, the trails themselves are relentless and provide no shade. We made it far, but eventually hitchhiked back to camp.

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Jasmine G
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Hiking

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.

Jacqueline Belden
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Hiking

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.

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

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

David Mintz
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Hiking

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.

Jeni Nezerka
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Hiking

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

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