Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Tallgrass Prairie of the Flint Hills
I made a drive the other day that ended up being about 400 miles by the time it was all said and done. I went from the industrial, downtown area of Kansas City...
and ended up in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
The Konza Prairie just south of Manhattan, Kansas offers excellent hiking opportunities. The rolling hills and gentle slopes of the area make for a wonderful day out. Please be sure to pack out what you bring in. There are numerous scientific studies being performed on the prairie, so please stay on the trail. OH! No pets, bikes, or horses are allowed on the trails... and don't forget the minimal $2.00 trail fee at the trailhead... its worth the experience.
Further south on Highway 177, and a slight jog off the paved road, is the Fr. Padilla monument -
Further south on 177, and you come to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve just north and a little west of Strong City, KS.