H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area is an excellent example of the tallgrass prairie that once occurred across this part of the Arkansas Valley. Along with prairie grasses, the natural area hosts a wide variety of forbs. H.E. Flanagan Prairie, along with the nearby Cherokee Prairie Natural Area, is among the few remaining remnants of the more extensive Cherokee Prairie Complex that formerly occupied approximately 135,000 acres of the western portion of the Arkansas Valley. Prairies in this complex are different from prairies elsewhere in Arkansas as their soils are derived from shale. An oak savanna/woodland complex at the eastern edge of the area is currently being restored.
From the intersection of State Highways 60 and 217, just north of Charleston, go east 2.2 miles and turn left (north) onto Grand Prairie Road, go 1.5 miles and the parking area is on the left.
Specific types of hunting are allowed on this natural area. For details, see the H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area WMA listing in the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. Take all necessary safety precautions when visiting this area.