Konza in the Fall

A Biological Field Station of Kansas State University

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Konza Prairie Trails

Most of KPBS is off limits to the general public due to the large number of research project on-going. However KPBS does have hiking trails available from dawn to dusk, weather and trail conditions permitting. For more information about the public hiking trails click here

Konza Prairie's hiking trails wind through lowland gallery forest, cross Kings Creek, and climb over ancient limestone ledges into the native tallgrass prairie.  At the highest points, enjoy spectacular views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley.

Six miles of hiking trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.  Experience Flint Hills geology throughout our trail system.  Enjoy a moderate walk with occasional steep climbs, uneven footing and narrow pathways.  To protect the trail and hikers, the trail is occasionally closed during wet conditions or controlled burning.

Hiking Trails Map

The nature trails are provided by K-State Division of Biology and Friends of Konza Prairie.  Maintenance of trails depends on user contributions.  A trail maintenance fee of $2 is appreciated. NO DOGS OR BIKES ARE ALLOWED ON ANY PART OF THE TRAILS!!!

Konza Prairie's hiking trails begin at the parking area near the main entrance. At the trail head, please sign our guest register and pick up a self-guided trail brochure.  We like to know who is visiting and how many people are in your party.

Before you begin, consider the ability level and preparedness of your group, as well as the length of your hike and the amount of time you have before the preserve closes.

Please come prepared to spend a minimum of 2-hours outdoors on the trail.  Prepare for your visit and review the preserve rules.

For your convenience, you may view or print our self-guided trail brochures.

  • Nature Trail Loop    (pdf format, 427 KB, prints 8½” x 14”)
    Please allow minimum 2-hours to enjoy this 2.5-mile round trip hike.

  • Kings Creek Loop    (pdf format, 273 KB, prints 8½” x 11”)
    Please allow minimum 3½-hours to enjoy this 4.4-mile round trip hike.

  • Godwin Hill Loop    (no current trail guide)
    Please allow minimum 4½-hours to enjoy this 6.0-mile round trip hike.

  • Hokanson Homestead    (pdf format, 209 KB, prints 8½” x 11”)
    Just off the Nature Trail Loop, please allow an additional 1-hour to enjoy investigation of this Swedish homestead site.
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