Last Friday, we hiked the final trail on our list at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Besides some short connecting trails, Kerry and I have officially hiked all 40 miles in the preserve! The trail is a mostly straight shot across the Two-Section pasture. It climbs up onto a ridge and is mostly on highlands with sweeping views of prairie to the north and Strong City to the south. Once you cross the gate, entering the second “section”, expect to see some cattle, potentially directly on the trail. We just slowly approached the cows and made some noise until they ran away (but be careful because they can be dangerous). Access is not at the main parking lot but at one of two other areas close to Strong City.
Length: 3.1 miles each way.
Trail heads: 38.402392, -96.541636 (9th Street; not well marked, no parking) or 38.409215, -96.502372 (U Road; well marked with parking)
More information: https://www.nps.gov/tapr/planyourvisit/upload/hikingtraildescriptionguide.pdf