Gladstone Savanna

About Gladstone Savanna

Gladstone Savanna is rich with history. Venture past the cottonwoods into the heart of the preserve, and you can almost hear the hissing and clanking of the trains as they pulled into the Gladstone shops for repair. This was once the hub of the Lost City of Gladstone.

The last building on the site was removed by 1979. But if you look carefully, glimpses of the site's former glory are evident: a grand old bur oak spreads its branches over a nursery of younger oaks; patches of grey-headed coneflower, blazing star, and purple prairie clover bloom in summer; and majestic cottonwoods create a cathedral-like canopy and provide relief from the summer sun.

Gladstone Park Gardens
Gladstone Playground
  1. Visiting
  2. Archaeology & History

History and nature meet at Gladstone Savanna.  It's a wonderful place to play, relax, and explore.

Terrain & Trails

The site has bituminous trails.


23 acres


The preserve is located at the southwest corner of Frost and English.


Entrances are located on Frost, on English, and at corner of Frank and Frisbee.


Street parking bays are available along Frost Avenue.


  • Interpretive trail: Eight interpretive signs along the trail tell the history and natural history of the site.
  • Playground: Kids will love the water tower climbing structure at the playground.
  • Trail: Stroll the trail loop and you're sure to see birds, insects, or wildlife along the way.
  • Prairie restoration: Enjoy the prairie grasses and wildflowers blooming.
  • Sitting areas: Limestone benches form pleasant sitting areas where the roundhouse and well once stood.

In the summer there is a porta-potty at the site.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Access

No parking lot on site. The best access for wheelchairs is to park near the southwest entrance (at Frank and Frisbee).