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Tallgrass Trail

Intermediate

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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 99' 30 m
Descent: -86' -26 m
High: 904' 275 m
Low: 821' 250 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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The Tallgrass Trail gradually winds through the prairie, offering vista views.

Brianna Patrick

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The trails are open to foot traffic from dawn to dusk. Caution: there is some uneven asphalt!

Description

The Tallgrass Trail gradually winds through the prairie. This trail begins with and is connected to the Overlook Trail. Keep your eyes up as you come down the hill, as bison and elk are often visible. The Tallgrass Trail also allows you to make your way along the enclosure's fence line. Be sure to look carefully for wildlife. Benches and resting points are available along the way.

Flora & Fauna

Bison and elk are visible at times from the Tallgrass Trail. Birds like the Common Yellowthroat, Dickcissel, and Eastern Meadowlark are in abundance each summer. Monarch butterflies, Tiger Swallowtails, and bumblebees take flight among the wildflowers. Indigo, asters, and sunflowers abound.

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True to its namesake, tall grasses abound along the Tallgrass Trail.
Dec 12, 2016 near Prairie…, IA
A beautiful splash of color!
Aug 22, 2017 near Prairie…, IA
There are plenty of benches along the Tallgrass Trail for visitors to rest, and simply enjoy the view.
Aug 22, 2017 near Prairie…, IA
The biology department and volunteers take care of these raised beds along the trail. It is packed with biodiversity.
Aug 22, 2017 near Prairie…, IA
Near the fence-line of the bison enclosure, along the Tallgrass Trail.
Aug 22, 2017 near Prairie…, IA
View of the Visitor/Learning Center from the Tallgrass Trail.
Aug 22, 2017 near Prairie…, IA

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