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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.


Chesney Prairie Natural Area

Chesney Prairie Natural Area
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Ozark Mountains
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Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
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Benton County
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Chesney Prairie Natural Area is one of very few tallgrass prairie remnants left on the Arkansas portion of the Springfield Plateau and supports a number of rare species. Much of its flora and fauna is representative of the once extensive upland prairies and savannas of the western Ozark Mountains. Sager Creek runs through the prairie, creating a wooded riparian corridor.


Length-  3.21 miles roundtrip
Difficulty-  Easy to moderate
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A series of mowed trails takes visitors through different natural communities and past a variety of native prairie plants. Chesney Prairie has an abundance of flowering plants from late April through June, with different wildflowers blooming in succession.


From the intersection of U.S. Highway 412 and state Highway 59 in Siloam Springs, travel north on state Highway 59 for approximately 2 miles to County Road 6 (Chesney/Bill Young Road). Turn right (east) and travel approximately 0.75 mile to a farm road on the left. Turn left (north) on this farm road and travel approximately 0.63 mile along easements to the southeast corner of the natural area as indicated by the natural area sign.


Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

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