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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.


Dardanelle Rock Natural Area

Dardanelle Rock Natural Area
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Arkansas Valley
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Dardanelle Rock Natural Area, located in the Arkansas Valley, contains an exposure of Hartshorne sandstone that was folded into a synclinal (concave upward fold) structure when the Ouachita Mountains were formed and then breached through erosion by the Arkansas River to form a water gap. Dardanelle Rock has been a major landmark along the Arkansas River since the days of early Arkansas exploration. Parts of the outcrop are naturally devoid of vegetation; however, some slopes hold enough soil to support a forest of black oak, mockernut hickory, and shortleaf pine.


The site is located on the east end of Dardanelle Mountain at Dardanelle, Arkansas. To access the area, turn north off state Highway 7 onto Front Street. Proceed 1 mile to the natural area sign.


Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

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