Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Deep in America’s Heartland, in the Flint Hills of Kansas, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a rare landscape of virgin prairie. The vast majority of America’s tallgrass prairie has been destroyed by agriculture, but the flint and limestone bedrock of the Flint Hills made the land unsuitable for agriculture and protected the prairie.

Come and appreciate the sea of grass and waves of yellow and purple wildflowers that blanket the hills. Visit the historic 19th century limestone ranch and schoolhouse. You can hike the prairie or explore the prairie on a bus tour.

One of the eight wonders of Kansas and the only National Park Service Unit of tallgrass prairie, the preserve protects a precious American ecosystem that used to cover the Midwest, but now only remains in special places like the Flint Hills of Kansas.

—Caroline Griffith

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