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Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Pawhuska

#2 of 26 in Wildlife in Oklahoma
Must see · Park · Nature / Park
The Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, in Osage County, Oklahoma near Foraker, Oklahoma, is protected as the largest tract of remaining tallgrass prairie in the world. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve contains 39,000 acres (160 km2) owned by the Conservancy and another 6,000 acres (24 km2) leased in what was the original tallgrass region of the Great Plains that stretched from Texas to Manitoba.
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  • This is such a cool drive through the preserve. The visitor center was not open while we were there though, so that was a little disappointing. We saw lots of buffalo, some very close to the...  more »
  • Like being on a safari! 1) Screen shot your planned route (spotty cell service so good to have a photo) 2) Plan on your car getting dirty 3) Unless you drive a truck with big tires…Go SLOW.....  more »
  • Beautiful vistas incredible area to drive or hike in to see and enjoy a very small piece of what used to be an almost endless tall grass prairie where the flora and fauna is what it was when our ancestors traveled west and saw the vast area and the enormous herds of buffalo that roamed here and yes you will see buffalo not in the numbers there were but they are here roaming free. (So be careful and don't get to close as they are feisty and will charge.) If you are in the area you should come see it or make a special trip if you want to see a piece of history. Here are a few photos from my phone I will add more later.
  • Stunning views and endless encounters. We took a slow ride through the whole drive at 15-20mph at the highest took about 1hr and another 30 minutes at the gift shop/ information center. The bison we mostly at a distance at first until we hit the "bison loop" here we sat on our truck and admired the herds of bison surround us. Amazing experience! We also saw coyote, deer, many birds, and various wildlife. A must see if your anywhere near the area.

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