Deep in America’s heartland, this preserve protects the largest area of tallgrass prairie remaining on Earth. Though these grasses once covered 170 million acres of the country, only a small fraction of this type of prairie remains.
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, protecting the prairie. Now, visitors can stand amid nearly 11,000 acres of rustling grasses and watch the sea of green blades ripple under a vast blue sky. For those lucky enough to visit in the spring, the preserve is also a top spot to see wildflowers, and the sunsets are dazzling year-round.
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Trip Ocean of Grass: America’s Tallgrass Prairies Western settlers were awed by the sea of grass they encountered growing head-high and higher, interspersed with colorful wildflowers. Today, only about one percent of America’s tallgrass prairie remains. The history-rich Flint Hills of south-central Kansas safeguard one of America’s last native tallgrass prairie landscapes. The heart of this journey has you exploring and learning about this significant landscape on the 11,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, a remnant of the grasslands that once covered more than 170 million acres of North America.