Flint Hills Roadside Display

Visited on: Monday, October 9, 2023
Cost: Free

Just south of Cottonwood Falls, KS, a roadside display beckoned me, even though I had just stopped at another one a few miles south.

This was no surprise as I was traveling on the Kansas Scenic Byway 177, also known as the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, which is a picturesque route that traverses the heart of the Flint Hills. The byway runs approximately 48 miles from Cassoday (where I left the Kansas Turnpike) to Council Grove.

This display featured a lifted stone circle and numerous signs explaining the landscape, plants, grazing, and wildlife.

A stone path leads through tall grass under a clear blue sky, dividing into two directions with a slightly curved offshoot on the right.
Informational sign about Flint Hills wildlife, featuring illustrations of a bird and a buffalo, and mentioning various animals found in the area, including hawks, buffalo, deer, and coyotes.
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Informational sign about wildflowers in the Flint Hills, describing various flower colors and noting the dangers of butterfly milkweed to cattle and its uses in treating bronchial and pulmonary diseases.
A sign explaining the geologic history of the Flint Hills in Kansas, covering periods from the Quaternary to Permian, with details on events and limestone formation. Background includes grass and rocks.
A small sign stands in front of tall grass and a stone wall, partly overgrown with various dry and green grasses, beside a concrete path.
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