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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 77 natural areas below.


Mills Park Natural Area

Mills Park Natural Area
Natural Areas Non-Primitive Trails
Coastal Plain
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Hunting Allowed?
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
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Saline County
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Mills Park is a unique example of an urban natural area. This small tract harbors acidic wooded seeps and represents the once extensive forests that occurred across the Coastal Plain. The natural area consists of a wooded block within the larger context of an 80-acre city park owned by the City of Bryant. Ferns, shrubs, and sedges grow in a series of wooded seeps that flow into an unnamed tributary of Crooked Creek.


Length-  1 mile roundtrip
Difficulty-  Easy; not ADA accessible
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A paved recreational trail loops around the natural area. Visitors can begin their hike from either direction.

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Travel southeast on State Highway 183 through Bryant to Mills Park Road. Travel east and then north on Mills Park Road. Turn left at the second Warren Bass Circle entrance to the city park. The natural area lies within the city park in the northwest corner.


Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.