Currently CLOSED for renovations....The old and long-closed bank building in Matfield Green, KS now enjoys a surprising new life, as “The Bank”. Not a location to deposit or withdraw money, but an inviting place where locals, travelers and visitors meet and the coffee is always hot and fresh, where contemporary art is on display, and where rare books can be found. The Bank is also an information center for people who want to see the Flint Hills not just from the highway–people who really want to discover and experience the tallgrass prairie up close in Chase County. Brochures are available describing auto tours and walks in the Matfield Green area of southern Chase County, and in the northern part of the county with Cottonwood Falls as the departure point. Good advice from locals is available. Inside The Bank, the round table is an invitation to sit down, enjoy, and exchange views. On one of the high walls, portrait photos of Matfield Green residents shot by nationally famous photographer Terry Evans in the early 1990s hang on permanent display. Another wall features a large “Prairie Sun”, a sculpture created by artist Bill McBride, who also has several other pieces on display. Check their website for updates on the renovation process!
The Bank is found along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This unique byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie - one of the last remaining such landscapes left in the world. Much of the land along the Byway looks as it did thousands of years ago when the Kaw, Osage and other native tribes lived here. You will also find towns filled with charming shops, restaurants, artwork, and antiques. Take a look at the other sights you can see along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway here.
This spot is located in the Flint Hills Designated Scenic Region. Soaring and diving from hilltop to valley along one of the quiet country highways through the Flint Hills will quickly challenge your notions of prairie. Flat? Not here. Empty? Not if you look closely. The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors. Learn more here.