Well, we still had a few days to fill before our appointment to pick up our new home and start our orientation so on one day we made a trip to the Konza Prairie Nature trail for a hike.
The Konza Prairie Biological Station is a 8616 acre preserve of native tallgrass prairie, a grassland region of steep-slopes overlain by shallow limestone soils unsuitable for cultivation in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas that is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University.
The Flint Hills region encompasses over 3.9 million acres extending throughout much of eastern Kansas from near the Kansas-Nebraska border south into northeastern Oklahoma, and contains the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America.
KPBS is primarily a research facility and is private land so most of the site is off limits to the public. However there are hiking trails to provide a venue for the public to learn about the endangered tallgrass ecosystem that are available from dawn to dusk.
There are 3 nature trails ranging in length from 1.6 to 6 miles that are all dog friendly, though you need to keep your dog leashed and pick up after them. And there are backcountry hiking trails ranging from 3.8 to 13 miles in length are available for hikers only (no camping, pets, or biking).
Because it was a somewhat cool and windy day and because I was still getting over the tail end of a cold we just took a 3 mile hike that even though not mountainous it had enough steep hills to get us panting.
After our hike we stopped in at the Little Apple Brewing Company for a bite to eat.
On another day we drove to Milford Lake, also known as Milford Reservoir. It’s the largest man-made lake in Kansas with 15,700 acres of water.
There are a couple campgrounds around the lake but a campground named Acorns was probably the best bet for rigs our size, in fact they just put in a new loop that had very nice sized sites but the trees were not mature yet. Hey, no branches to deal with right??
After Milford Lake we headed to the Tuttle Creek Dam and the Tuttle Creek Lake to have a look see.
Tuttle Creek Lake is a reservoir on the Big Blue River 5 miles north of Manhattan.
There is a big State Park below the dam with lots of camping with sites that will fit any sized rig but other than fishing we didn’t see much else to do, but that’s perfect for some.