Experience the Flint Hills
Start at the Flint Hills Discovery Center
Immerse yourself in the wonder of the tallgrass prairie with a visit to the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Explore over 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits that uncover the story of the region's rich culture and biodiversity. Enjoy a tour through the ever-changing temporary exhibition space, experience the one-of-a-kind 4-D immersive theater, and stroll through the prairie-inspired outdoor plazas. Open 363 days a year, plan your visit today.
Continue Your Exploration
There is always an adventure waiting in the Flint Hills! Check out some of the ideas below.
|Things To Do
|Camp Wood YMCA
The camp offers youth summer camps and family camps in the Flint Hills, visitors can also rent camp cabins and enjoy numerous recreation activities. Located in Elmdale, Kansas.
|Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge
Located in Hartford, Kansas, this 18,500 acre wildlife refuge is open to the public for driving tours, hiking, hunting, and fishing.
|Flint Hills Trail
Stretching 117 miles across east-central Kansas, this public trail passes through five counties and is built on an old railroad corridor.
|Great Plains Nature Center
Located at Chisolm Creek Park in Wichita, Kansas, the Center educates visitors on the state's prairie and aquatic areas including the Flint Hills.
|Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
State-wide resource for outdoor recreation, including information on state parks, museums and nature centers, outdoor activities, and travel ideas.
|Kansas Sampler Foundation
Organization committed to celebrating the rural culture of Kansas and encouraging visitors to experience it themselves.
Located in northeastern Kansas, this biological research station offers several nature trails that are open to the public from dawn to dusk every day.
|Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
On the far western edge of the Flint Hills region, visitors can experience wildlife like bison and elk in their natural habitat.
|Milford Nature Center
Near Junction City, Kansas, the Nature Center features informational exhibits, outdoor trails, wildlife programs, and fish hatchery tours.
Center for prairie ranching heritage on historic ranch in heart of the Flint Hills, features nature trail, picnic area, educational programs, and more.
|Rock Springs 4-H Center
Located south of Junction City, Kansas, this 700-acre camp has numerous recreation activities, nature trails, historic buildings, and a large natural spring. Summer 4-H Camp; year-round conference and retreat center.
Learn about the two scenic byways located in the region, the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway and the Native Stone Kansas Scenic Byway.
|Tallgrass Prairie National Perserve (Kansas)
Located in southeastern Kansas, offers nearly 11,000 acres of tallgrass prairie to explore and 40 miles of hiking trails.
|Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (Oklahoma)
Known as the Osage Hills of north-central Oklahoma, this is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie at 39,000 acres.
|Travel Kansas: The Flint Hills
Managed by the Kansas Office of Tourism & Travel, this site provides visitors with information for excursions in the Flint Hills.