Plan Your Visit

Building Sign

Flint Hills has 18,463 acres for your enjoyment. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the Refuge and experience its scenic beauty and diverse wildlife.

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. Flint Hills can be explored in a variety of ways. 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.


Visitor Center and Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Flint Hills Refuge’s Visitor Center is located at the Refuge headquarters building. The Refuge visitor center and headquarters is open Monday thru Friday, except Federal holidays. The unique wildlife exhibits, hands-on activities and information provide an overview of the refuge, its wildlife and habitats. The Refuge headquarters 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 Refuge offers 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 Refuge and local wildlife. The tour loop is located in the Indian Hill Section of the Refuge. From the visitor center, travel back out to West Maple Ave and make a left turn. 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. 


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 John Redmond reservoir was built.  Overtime, nature has reclaimed the area.  

Burgess Trail

The Burgess trail is 0.16-mile concrete trail and has a wildlife observation boardwalk. This accessible 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.

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, provides 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 consult the hunting brochure or stop by Refuge Headquarters for the brochure and for more general information. 


Prohibited Activites



Removing deer antler sheds




Commercial use(including guiding)


For questions about recreation, please contact the Refuge Office at 620-392-5553.