At 39,000 acres, the Tallgrass Prairie is the largest protected area of tallgrass in the world. Made up of five different types of prairie grasses, this area offers a different kind of landscaped beauty with every season.
At 39,000 acres, the Tallgrass Prairie is the largest protected area of tallgrass in the world.
This alluring expanse of plains blends Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indian Grass (Oklahoma state grass), Switch Grass and Prairie Cordgrass together. Each season, different grasses are at varying stages of their beauty, making the area an ideal year-round escape. The park is open every day from dawn to dusk with no admittance charge. It provides a perfect location for buffalo, with two thousand roaming free. It was purchased by the Nature Conservancy from a private owner in 1989 and has since become a well-cared-for nature preserve. Terrance Malick, a filmmaker known for his stunning backdrops, shot To The Wonder in this area. A noteworthy town in the prairie is Pawhuska, capital of Osage county and the location of the first established Boy Scout troop in the United States.