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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.


Gap Creek Natural Area

Gap Creek Natural Area
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Ouachita Mountains
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Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
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Montgomery County
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Gap Creek is a small upland tributary of the Caddo River located in the Ouachita Mountains. The creek is spring fed and runs year-round. The natural area is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. These lands have not been significantly altered in more than half a century, a factor that contributes to the high water quality of Gap Creek. Plant communities within the natural area include upland pine-hardwood forest and riparian forest along Gap Creek. Fee title is held by a private landowner.


From Glenwood, travel north on State Highway 8 for approximately 5 miles to unpaved road on the right. Turn right and travel approximately 0.5 mile to the second fork in the road. Bear right and travel 0.8 mile to the natural area sign. Access to this area is by permission of private landowner.


Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

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