Baker Prairie Natural Area
specifics on this natural area
Baker Prairie Natural Area Info
Division: Ozark Mountains
Year Added: 1993
Baker Prairie Natural Area is a remnant of what was once a 5,000-acre tallgrass prairie located west and south of present day downtown Harrison. It is the largest known remnant of Ozark Mountain prairie occurring on a chert substrate. The prairie harbors a number of species of animals and plants of special concern in Arkansas. Due to its location within the city limits of Harrison, local development could impact the integrity of the natural area. The area is managed cooperatively with an adjacent tract owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
Length - 1.18 miles roundtrip
Difficulty - Easy; not ADA accessible
There are two mowed loop trails, one on each side of Goblin Drive. Each trail takes visitors past a variety of native prairie plants. Baker Prairie is has an abundance of flowering plants from late April through June, with different wildflowers blooming in succession. Parking is available at the Middle School adjacent to the natural area.
Cell Phone Audio Tour
Follow U.S. Highway 65 north through Harrison. At the intersection of Hwy. 65, Hwy. 65B (North Main) and Industrial Park Road continue west on Industrial Park Road (Hwy. 65 is the main road and will turn to the north at this point). Follow Industrial Park Road to Goblin Drive. Turn left on Goblin Drive. The prairie is 0.5 mile down Goblin Drive. Signs are on both sides of the road. Parking is available on the left side of the road at the high school. (Directions via Google)
Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.
- Prairies, Glades, and Barrens: Rare Habitats for Rare Species
- Another Rare Plant at Baker Prairie
- Learn more about Tallgrass Prairie ecosystems
- Check out our Natural Divisions of Arkansas publication for more information on the Ozark Mountains