Chase County

Chase County

Strong City

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

gravel trail through the prairieTallgrass Prairie National Preserve has embraced prairie restoration challenges to return a portion of a nearly extinct part of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem back to its native state, the bottomland prairie. In this process, the preserve created two main trails that make up the Bottomland Trail. These fine gravel trails provide increased accessibility to individuals using a wheelchair or other assistive devices. Additionally, braille park brochures and audio-visual programs, allow visitors with diverse disability types to experience and enjoy the unique aspects of this rare ecosystem and its restoration.  The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve has an 1882 historic barn with a ramped entrance so visitors can view vintage agriculture tools, equipment and practices. An accessible picnic table is also available along the Bottomland Nature trail.  Accessible parking and restrooms can be reached throughout the site.

In the summer of 2021, the 1881 historic ranch house will reopen. Both parlors and the main level of the house are wheelchair accessible. All forty miles of hiking trails and the cultural ranch site are now accessible to visitors with visual impairments using the hand-held device called Trekker Breeze+.

Using GPS technology, the preserve's hiking trails, and ranch site can now be enjoyed by all, opening up a new interpretive program. Different paths and courses have been created using text to voice, recorded animal sounds, bird calls, and guiding information and directions. Additionally, the ranger-guided tours of the prairie are available on a lift-equipped bus, with advance notice.

Phone: 620-273-8494
Address: 2480B KS Hwy 177 | Strong City, KS 66869
Website: Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Information at National Parks Service