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Anderson Compass Plant Prairie State Nature Preserve

The prairie is located on a steep, north-facing hillside. The best time for viewing the state endangered compass-plant is in August. Besides the bright yellow blooms of the compass-plant, other species include green milkweed, rose-pink gentian, early ladies'-tresses and hairy ruellia. Prairie grasses— big bluestem, Indian grass and little bluestem— are abundant throughout this site.

This hillside prairie was named in honor of Ora (Andy) E. Anderson, who was a former state legislator and conservationist from southeastern Ohio.

  • No parking or other facilities are present.
  • No trail system present.
  • Access is by permit only from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

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