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Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve

This globally rare, sparsely vegetated, dry prairie is situated on a highly eroded slope of Estill Shale surrounded by a second-growth oak-hickory woodland. Access is from Adams Lake State Park.

Eastern redcedar, post oak and blackjack oak occur sporadically in the prairie opening. Prairie grasses are sparse, but Adams Lake Prairie supports diverse prairie forbs including a large population of prairie dock, several species of blazing-stars (Liatris spp.), shooting-star, American aloe, spider milkweed, rattlesnake-master and pale spiked lobelia to name a few.

There are Allegheny mound ant colonies and a population of the uncommon Edward’s hairstreak butterfly.


0.6 miles of hiking trails


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