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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.


Nacatoch Ravines Natural Area

Nacatoch Ravines Natural Area
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Coastal Plain
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Nacatoch Ravines Natural Area WMA
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
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Hempstead County
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Nacatoch Ravines Natural Area protects a continuum of plant communities that occur along the transition from the upland blackland prairies to the low bottomlands along the Little River. It contains one of the largest, and most intact, examples of mesic (moderately moist), dry-mesic, and dry upland forests remaining in the northern part of the Coastal Plain. Through much of the site, canopy trees average 2 to 3 feet or more in diameter, with many larger individual trees.  It also includes blackland prairie remnants, hardwood flatwoods, wooded seeps, and supports several rare plant species. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) shares ownership on portions of this area.


From Interstate 30 take exit 18 at Fulton, travel west on U.S. Highway 67 for 1 mile to State Highway 355. Turn right and travel north approximately 3 miles to southern tract. Continue north on Highway 355 for approximately 2.5 miles to northern tract.


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