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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 78 natural areas below.


Slippery Hollow Natural Area

Slippery Hollow Natural Area
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Ozark Mountains
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Slippery Hollow Natural Area WMA
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Slippery Hollow Natural Area, located in the Springfield and Salem Plateaus of the Ozark Mountains, consists of steep-sided stream valleys and intervening dry ridges. Upper slopes are forested with a mix of post oak, blackjack oak, and shortleaf pine with calcareous glades on south- and west-facing portions. On the lower slopes, a mesic (moderately moist) hardwood forest of red and white oak, basswood, and sugar maple transitions to rich riparian forests along spring-fed streams. The area provides critical habitat for the federally listed endangered Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens), federally listed endangered gray bat (Myotis grisescens), and the federally listed threatened northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). The area is managed cooperatively with an adjacent tract owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC).


At Lakeway (junction of State Highway 14 and County Road 8001) go north on State Highway 14 for approximately 1.4 miles. The entrance sign is on the right side of the road. Parking is on the shoulder.


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

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