(Strong City KS)
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve maintains some of the only remaining undeveloped prairie lands in America. Being located in the Flint Hills region, it was never suitable for farming due to the shale rock just below the surface.
However, the tallgrass did provide excellent grazing range for livestock. A ranch on the preserve tells that story. The restored barn, corrals, outbuildings, and ranch house were open to visit.
The Visitor Center had displays and a video explaining the history, geology, and usefulness of the natural landscape. Unfortunately, it rained the whole time I was there. So, I didn’t get to hike out onto the prairie to see the resident bison herd.
Somewhat disappointed, I headed to my next camp by the village of Council Grove which had been one of the stopovers on the early Santa Fe Trail. From there, my track would diverge from that famous trading route.
Camp: Neosho Park CG-COE electric
Scene: Prairie, barn, house