University of Kansas Field Station

Nature Trails

The University of Kansas Field Station maintains a system of public nature trails at its research site located north/northeast of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, a 20-minute drive from downtown Lawrence.  Trails are open to foot traffic only; no bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed.  Due to the potential to transmit disease or disturb research projects and wildlife, pets are not allowed even if leashed.

Driving directions:

From the junction of US 59/24 & US 24/40 in north Lawrence, proceed 1½ miles east on US 24/40 (past the Lawrence airport) to 1600 Road.  Following green signs with directions to the KU Field Station, turn left (north) onto 1600 Road.

To reach the Fitch Natural History Reservation, the Suzanne Ecke McColl Nature Reserve, and the Roth Trail continue north on 1600 Road 1½ miles.  Parking is available on the left (west) side of the road.  A composting toilet is located near the picnic shelter on the Fitch Reservation.

The trailhead for the Rockefeller Prairie Trail is approx. ½ mile further down the road.  Continue up the hill into Jefferson County (1600 Road turns into Wild Horse Road in Jefferson Co.).  Parking and information are available here.  The trail is accessible to individuals with limited mobility.

Click on the small map for a printable version of the trail map below.