on January 10, 2003
The Overlook is one of the highlights of a short trip to this park because of the great views of the vast expanse of prairie. Less than a 5-minute walk from the main house, it has great views, informational signs, and a few benches. It is also the beginning of the 1.75-mile Southwind Nature Trail that takes you through the tallgrass to the small school house and then back to the front of the house.
The self-guided tour encourages you to consider while looking at the prairie what the influence of the vast treeless fields are with the seemingly infinite distance of the horizon had on the people who settled here. The native tallgrass here survived because the rich soil in the Flint Hills is too rocky to be effectively plowed for crops as in the rest of the state.
Even in the bleakness of winter where the grass has been trampled by snow, the view from the outlook is still powerful. Staring into the starkness of the land, it is not hard to imagine a herd of bison appearing over the field or to forget about the modern world.
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