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The Flint Hills

Voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas, the Flint Hills are a special, magical place. Located west of Emporia, and extending north and south for several hundred miles, the Flint Hills are one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie eco-systems in the world.

Over 250 million years ago the Flint Hills of Kansas was a vast inland sea that deposited great layers of limestone, shale, and flint. The Flints Hills were created as softer shales eroded away, leaving behind hardened flint shelves, in a process called differential erosion.

With more than 40 grass species, some of which grow taller than your upstretched arms, and hundreds of wildflowers species, the Tallgrass prairie eco system in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas is a sight to behold.

Of the 140 million acres of Tallgrass prairie grasslands that once ranged from Indiana to eastern Kansas, and from Manitoba to Texas, less than four percent remains today. Complimenting the beauty of the grasses and wildflowers, you will find 150 bird species, 30 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 31 mammal species, and some 10 million insects per acre.

Things to Do in the Flint Hills

Community Group Rides

716 South Commercial Street, Emporia, KS 66801 | Website

Emporia has an incredible community of cyclists, with several groups holding weekly gravel rides year round for beginners, advanced cyclists and everyone in-between. Events are open to all adventure-enthusiasts. Many… Read more

Dirty Kanza Promotions

11 West 8th Avenue, Emporia, KS 66801 | (913) 982-7958 | Website

If you’re looking for cycling, running, or bike packing routes through the Flint Hills, Dirty Kanza Promotions has scouted, mapped, and rated the best! Routes are sorted by difficulty level, from beginner… Read more

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Running from Council Grove to Cassoday, this Byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie – one of the last remaining such landscapes left… Read more

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

530 W Maple Ave, Hartford, KS 66854 | 620-392-5553 | Website

This wildlife refuge lies in the broad, flat Neosho River Valley, a native tallgrass prairie region with natural scenic beauty. 18,463 acres of habitats are managed to provide food and… Read more

Flint Hills Nature Trail

The Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches for 117 miles across east-central Kansas and crosses the beautiful Flint Hills. Following the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, the… Read more

Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Tour the rural community on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail and see traditional stars and various quilt patterns displayed on barns, homes, sheds and buildings throughout the Flint Hills. Visit… Read more

Flying W Ranch

1515 G Road, Cedar Point, KS 66843 | 620-340-2802 | Website

This 7,000 acre working cattle ranch offers grand vistas, relaxation, and memorable experiences for all of its guests. Guests can experience the authentic cowboy lifestyle, complete with horseback riding, cattle… Read more

Pilgrim Ranch Retreat

1895AA 180th Rd, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 | 620-344-5991 | Website

Pioneer Bluffs

695 KS-177, Matfield Green, KS 66862 | 620-753-3484 | Website

Explore Pioneer Bluffs, a turn of the century ranch dedicated to sharing the history of the Flint Hills. Enjoy one of the many concerts or art festivals at this unique… Read more

Prairie Earth Tours

Get off the beaten path and experience the living culture and beauty of Kansas with a bus tour from Prairie Earth Tours. The tours have a maximum group size of 14… Read more

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

2480b Kansas 177, Strong City, KS 66869 | 620-273-8494 | Website

The 10,894 acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast Tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Less than 4% of the 400,000 acres of… Read more