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Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place for family-friendly recreation.  Give your child the precious gift of time in nature and make the outdoors a part of your everyday life!  

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge provides unique and exciting environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities in a true Outdoor Classroom.  Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife refuge?  Contact or visit Flint Hills to check on program availability and reservation policies.  Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them

Visitor Center 

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 K130 to Hartford.  Turn right on West Maple Ave and drive three-eighths of a mile to the Refuge entrance 


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.  There are informational signs located throughout the loop and wetlands full of wildlife for observation. 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, check with Refuge Office for current status.


Nature Trails 


Townsite Trail 

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 the John Redmond reservoir was built.  Today nature has reclaimed the area. 


Burgess Trail 

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 wetland areas.  Along the shaded path leading to the board walk, visitors may see songbirds and woodpeckers.  The trail is handicap accessible.  


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.