Strong City and Cottonwood Falls Communities
Strong City is located two miles southeast of the historic ranch headquarters area on K-177 (Flint Hills National Scenic Byway). Restaurants, gasoline, postal services, and a city park are available.
Cottonwood Falls is the county seat and is located five miles southeast of the historic ranch headquarters area on K-177 (Flint Hills National Scenic Byway). Restaurants, lodging, gasoline, postal services, camping, fishing, two parks, library, museums, and area shops are available.
Camping and overnight parking are not authorized at the preserve at this time. Camping is available at Chase State Fishing Lake, Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls, and in the nearby communities of Emporia and Council Grove. For a complete listing of all available goods and services in Chase County, visit the Chase County Chamber of Commerce website.
At the Preserve
Picnic tables are at the ranch headquarters area and at the Bottomland Nature Trail. They are first-come, first-serve.
Drinking fountains are available across from the barn and inside the Visitor Center. Water bottles are sometimes available for purchase at the preserve's bookstore.
No food services are available at the preserve. Several amenities are available in Strong City and Cottonwood Falls within a 10 minute drive south. Council Grove has additional fast food chains 20 minute drive to the north. Emporia, 30 minutes east, has larger retail stores, mini-malls and markets.
Last updated: February 19, 2022