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"Walking the Great Plains" Strong City Things to Do Tip by etfromnc

Strong City Things to Do: 16 reviews and 23 photos

There was a time when the American prairie seemed to go on forever. Unfortunately, we seem to be trying to pave it all but if you want to see tallgrass prairie, you will probably have to go to Kansas. 95% of the tallgrass prairie left on the planet is in Kansas and the National Park Service has decided to try to preserve some of it. There are three long but not particularly trying hiking trails within the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve just outside Cottonwood Falls in the Flint Hills of Kansas. They range from four to six miles in length and wind through mostly gentle hill country offering views which made me reflect back on what the wagon train pioneers must have seen as they crossed this vast continent.

Address: 2 miles N on Hwy 177
Directions: Less than 20 miles west of Emporia, KS. Take Hwy 50 W to 177
Phone: 620-273-6034

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  • Updated Dec 1, 2005
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