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Within the System of Natural Areas are sites that represent some of the best, and last, remaining examples of the state’s original natural landscape. Natural areas are special places that protect rare natural communities and provide vital habitat for a host of plant and animal species, some of which are considered to be rare, threatened, or endangered. Locate one of our 79 natural areas below.


Alum Fork Natural Area

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Located in Saline County, Alum Fork Natural Area conserves over a mile of the Alum Fork of the Saline River. It provides habitat for at least four species of concern including the federally listed Arkansas fatmucket (Lampsilis powellii) mussel and two plant species endemic to the Ouachita Mountains. The Nature Conservancy shares ownership of the natural area.


From Paron (Junction of State Highway 9 and County Road 8001), go south on State Highway 9 for approximately 0.3 mile. Turn right onto Mount Ida Road and travel for 3.7 miles. Turn right onto Weyco Road 2400 and travel for 3.3 miles. The natural area is on the right side of the road before the river crossing.


The area is open to bow hunting in accordance with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hunting regulations and seasons.

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