Learn about the treasures waiting for you at the 10,894-acre preserve of tallgrass prairie near Strong City.Named one of the top places in America to visit by National Geographic, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a rare portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once covered 140 million acres of North America. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities at the preserve, including:
- Stroll a 1.75-mile nature trail for a breathtaking look at what used to be the hunting grounds of the Kansa and Osage Indians.
- Tour the 1881 Spring Hill Ranch – an 11-room house built with hand-cut native limestone – and an enormous three-story barn.
- Explore the Lower Fox Creek School, a one-room schoolhouse that sits on a hilltop.
- Watch your children earn a Junior Ranger badge by completing several fun activities.
- Hike on more than 41 miles of trails open year-round.
- Try your hand at catch-and-release fishing at three ponds or along Fox Creek.
- Listen to ranger-led interpretive programs on weekends Memorial Day through October.
For more ideas, go to http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm.
Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.