You are invited to participate in several recreational activities during your visit. The Refuge is a wonderful place to observe migratory birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, bald eagles, and several species of warblers. Common resident wildlife species include wild turkey, bobwhite quail, bobcat, and white-tailed deer.
Visitor Center Hours:Monday-Friday,
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Flint Hills can be
explored in a variety of ways. The Refuge
visitor center is open Monday thru Friday, except Federal holidays with unique
wildlife exhibits and information for your delight. Drive the roads, hike the
landscape, hunt or fish, or just observe wildlife. To guide you, click on the Maps link on the
right side of the page.
Flint Hills NWR’s Visitor
Center is located at the Refuge headquarters building, the visitor center
offers exhibits and hand-on displays that focus on the wildlife and habitats of
the Refuge. The Refuge office is located
on the west side of Hartford, Kansas.
Visitors traveling on I-35 should take exit 141 and drive 8 miles south on Hwy. K-130 to Hartford. Turn right on West Maple
Avenue and drive three-eighths of a mile to the Refuge office.
Auto Tour Loop
Flint Hills NWR has an auto tour loop for your enjoyment or on days when weather does not cooperate with outdoor activities. Signage is located throughout the loop providing information about Flint Hills NWR and local wildlife. The tour loop is located in the Indian Hill Section of the
refuge. From the visitor center you will
travel back out to West Maple Ave and make a left turn. You will go two-eighths a mile and make a
right turn on the black top (RD Y5) heading south out of town. You will then turn left on 18th
lane and following that until you see Refuge signs and a parking lot starting
the tour loop. The tour loop is subject to closure, so check with the Refuge office to find out current status.
The 0.8-mile Townsite
Trail meanders through a wooded area along the Neosho River just north of
Hartford. In fact, the area was once
part of the town of Hartford, but it was cut off from the rest of the town when
John Redmond reservoir was built. Overtime nature
has reclaimed the area.
The Burgess trail is
0.16-mile concrete trail and has a wildlife observation boardwalk. The trail allows visitors an elevated access into the marsh. Visitors may see wading birds,
waterfowl, and shorebirds in the marsh. Along the shaded path leading to the board walk, visitors may see
songbirds and woodpeckers. The trail is
Dove Roost Trail
The 0.7-mile Dove Roost
Trail circles Dove Roost Pond, passing through native prairie and
heavily wooded habitats. An observation
tower near the parking area provides an excellent view of migratory waterfowl
resting on John Redmond Reservoir. Eagle
Point, a rocky outcropping, provided a good observation area for eagle watchers
in the winter.
Hunting for waterfowl,
deer, turkey, upland game birds, and other species is permitted in accordance with Federal and
State Regulation. Only non-toxic shot
may be used or possessed while hunting.
Sport fishing is also permitted in accordance with Federal and State regulations. For more information please stop by Refuge Headquarters
for updated public use regulations.
For questions about recreation, please contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553
We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553x103.