Hiking Konza Prairie
This has been on my to do list for years and finally my girlfriend and I made the drive and hiked Konza Prarie. Managed by Kansas State University, the prairie is 3,487 hectares of native prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The primary purpose of the park is to study the ecology of grasslands, the effects of burn management, and also the relationship of grazers (Bison) on the landscape. While we went with the hope of seeing Bison on our hike, the area open to the public is limited and there were no Bison in our vicinity that day.
The trail itself is very well maintained, easily traversable but does have a few notable moderately inclined areas, but otherwise is easy to navigate. You can choose three different loops once there: the nature trail which is 2.5 miles long, the Kings Creek loop at 4.4 miles, and the Godwin Hill Loop at 6 miles total distance. We had intended to hike the entire trail system but the Godwin Hill Loop was closed at the time for renovation so we ended up hiking the Kings Creek Loop. In total it took us a little less than 2 1/2 hours to complete. The landscape is beautiful and easily transports your imagination back to how Kanas looked prior to man. Well worth the hike if you are in the area or live nearby.