Visit Us

Spring and fall are the best times to visit the Refuge and experience its scenic beauty and diverse wildlife. From bird watching to photography, hiking to hunting and fishing there are a variety of activities that can be enjoyed on the Refuge. Three short walking trails (Townsite trail, Burgess trail, Dove Roost trail) provide a different perspective of the Refuge as does the auto tour route.


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 wildlife species that live on the Refuge year round include wild turkey, bobwhite quail, bobcat, and white-tailed deer. Flint Hills can be explored in a variety of ways. Drive the roads, walk the landscape, take photos, hunt or fish, or just observe wildlife.


There are three trails that provide access to different habitats on the Refuge. The Burgess Marsh trail (0.2-miles) is accessible and the first trail that you will pass coming onto the Refuge.  The Townsite trail (0.8-miles) is just north of the Refuge Headquarters and is primarily in woods with views of the Neosho River. The Dove Roost Trail (0.7-miles) is on the northeast side of the Neosho River and leads brings you to the western end of John Redmond Reservoir. 

Other Facilities in the Complex

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Kansas Refuges Complex which includes Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge as well as the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita.

Great Plains Nature Center

The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Wildlife & Parks, City of Wichita, and the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center. These Partners share a common goal of providing opportunities for the public to investigate, understand and develop an appreciation for wildlife and the environment, while promoting sound stewardship of natural resources.

Rules and Policies

When you explore the Refuge, please remember that Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is a special place for wildlife and people. By observing the rules, you will both enjoy and protect the rich diversity of habitats and wildlife.


Refuge Headquarters
530 West Maple Hartford, KS 66854-9781

The Refuge Headquarters is also the Refuge Visitor Center.  When open there are wildlife exhibits and hands-on activities.  This is also a location where more information can be found about activities on the Refuge.

Driving Directions

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 until you see the Refuge sign and then turn right to reach the Refuge office.