The 130-acre Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve is an outstanding example of a globally rare, post oak opening habitat. Post and blackjack oaks are scattered throughout the preserve. This rare habitat supports dozens of rare species including the most extensive population of rattlesnake-master in the state.
Prairie plants, prairie dock and spiked blazing-star, are also unusually abundant at this site. Other rare plants include spider milkweed, prairie false indigo, pink milkwort and bluehearts. Little bluestem is the dominant prairie grass. With the abundance of summer wildflowers, Chaparral Prairie is loaded with butterflies and moths. Several rare species, such as Edward's hairstreak, Olive hairstreak and Unexpected Cycnia moth, have been observed in the preserve.
- Open 1/2 before sunrise, 1/2 after sunset
- Stay on designated trails at all times
- Pets are not permitted
- No public restrooms
Over 2 miles of hiking trails:
- Bald Hill Trail - 0.7 mile
- Cedar Barren Trail - 0.6 mile
- Hawk Hill Trail - 0.7 mile
- Prairie View Trail - 0.2 mile