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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.


Falcon Bottoms Natural Area

Falcon Bottoms Natural Area
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Coastal Plain
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Falcon Bottoms Natural Area WMA
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
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Columbia, Lafayette, and Nevada counties
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Falcon Bottoms Natural Area is an excellent example of the narrow, but highly diverse, natural communities that occur along small-to-medium sized streams of the Coastal Plain. Bayou Dorcheat, which flows through the natural area, is considered to be one of the most intact and important Arkansas streams west of the Ouachita River. The relatively unaltered landscape of the bottomlands and associated rare species and plant communities found along Bayou Dorcheat contribute to the site’s overall high quality. Most of the natural area is occupied by a bottomland forest community dominated by willow oak and overcup oak in the seasonally flooded areas and bald cypress in the wetter areas. High knolls and terraces support a lowland pine-oak forest community. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) holds a conservation easement on the area as a result of a North American Wetlands Council Act (NAWCA) grant.


From Interstate 30 in Prescott, take U.S. Highway 371 south to State Highway 53. Take State Highway 53 south to Falcon. At Falcon turn east on State Highway 355 and travel approximately 3 miles to Dorcheat Bayou. The natural area lies to the north and south of the bridge crossing along the Bayou.


Specific types of hunting are allowed on this natural area. For details, see the Falcon Bottoms Natural Area WMA listing in the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. Take all necessary safety precautions when visiting this area.

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