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Flint Hills

Year Round Walk

SN: 122854 - 2023 / Y1760

when is the event

The event is closed

From Mon, Jan 2nd, 2023 to Dec 31st, 2023

Start box available: Backcountry trails 9-4:30, Frontcountry 24/7

where is the event

Z Bar Ranch Strong City, Kansas

The address/location for the Physical Start Box (PSB) is as follows:

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (TPNP) Visitor Center Information Desk, visi

WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.

reasons to do the event

Special programs

None provided

CC: Chase County


Special programs that are applicable to all events or all walks are not shown to reduce clutter.

Event comments

Scenic Overlook Trail (10K loop). Starts at N end of Ranch Complex Trail and goes N. You will experience bottomland prairie restoration plots along Fox Creek's riparian areas. Deep soils and abundant moisture produce 6' tall grasses in Fall. Southwind Nature Trail (3K loop). A leisurely stroll across hill and valley, watercourse and prairie grassland, gives you a close-up look at what makes up the Preserve. Named for the Kansa Indians, People of the Southwind, this trail presents marvelous vistas as well as an opportunity for detailed looks at the prairie ecosystem. Two overlook areas give you a chance to experience the scenic beauty of the prairie. The trail winds across rolling hills, over a spring-fed stream lined with cottonwood and hackberry trees, and through a fascinating array of grasses and flowers. Along the way is evidence of the insects, birds, and mammals that make the prairie their home. Take your time and notice the gray and white rock, limestone, and steel-tough chert, commonly called "flint," that gives the name to the hills. Hike to the little one-room school house on the hill and then back to the ranch headquarters. Bottomland Trail (1K & 1K loops (both loops=2K)). This trail traverses land which has experienced many uses; one of the earliest, and most recent, being agricultural. Bottomland is any land adjacent to a waterway and is prime agricultural land, due to sediment runoff. This area is being restored to bottomland prairie and may be viewed on TPNP's website as it develops. The trail consists of an information trailhead, five interpretive waysides, benches, overlook areas, and fully accessible trail loops. You may pick up a brochure at the ranch headquarters or in the brochure box at the trailhead kiosk to inform you as you walk. So enjoy the trail as you experience a future bottomland prairie restoration while gaining an understanding of its rarity as a natural plant community and its importance in the human history of the Flint Hills. Note

conditions for the event

Rating: 2B, Distance: 5, 10, 12km

Restrooms: Yes

Pets: No

Strollers: Medium

Wheelchairs: Hard

Event information

Qualifies for Z in Walking the USA A-Z Special Program. Backcountry trails (9 AM-4:30 PM). Closed most federal holidays. May be closed Sundays NOV-MAR. On rare occasions when there is heavy snowfall or icy conditions, we may be closed or have delayed opening. Call ahead 620-273-8494 to verify hours and status, or check website/Facebook in inclement weather. Ranch buildings & driveway gate close at 4:30 p.m. - plan accordingly. Gravel roads and mowed paths through the beautiful Flint Hills that surround the historic mansion. Wheelchairs, strollers, and pets are NOT allowed in the backcountry.


how to get to the event

Driving to the start box

TPNP is on Hwy 177 about 3 miles north of Strong City, which is about 75 miles NE of Wichita. From S take I-35 to Exit 92 and go N on Hwy 177 (Flint Hills Scenic Byway) 31 miles. From N or E take I-35 to Exit 127 and go W on US 50 22 miles to Hwy 177, then N. From W take US 50 to Hwy 177, then N.

Maps phrase and directions link

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event sponsor point of contact

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