The Conservancy's Mulberry River Preserve, adjacent to the Ozark National Forest, features oak-pine woodlands, glades, bluffs, and waterfalls and includes three quarters of a mile of river frontage. From atop the high bluffs, one is afforded stunning views of the river and surrounding Ozark hills and hollows.
There are no marked trails. The preserve has some very steep terrain and bluffs on the west side of the river, which is the only side with public access. Bluffs are not fenced; please use extreme caution when hiking near the edges. The river is not accessible because of the high bluffs, but the views into the valley are spectacular.
Sturdy hiking boots and insect repellant are recommended. Carry plenty of drinking water.
Redbud (Cercis canadensis) and dogwood (Cornus florida) trees provide early springtime color in the predominantly oak woodlands. Showy wildflowers include:
The Mulberry River harbors several fish species of special conservation concern, including the long nose darter (Percina nastua), fantail darter (Etheostoma flabellare), and stippled darter (Etheostoma punctulatum).
Bird species considered rare in Arkansas include Bachman's sparrow (Aimiophila aestivalis) and red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus).
The Mulberry River is a target aquatic system for the Ozark Mountains ecoregion because of its diverse fish and mussel assemblage. The preserve was donated to the Conservancy in 2000 and will serve as an anchor site for a future large-scale river project designed to conserve the Mulberry.
Stewardship activities center on restoring native plant communities, reducing invasive species and controlling river sedimentation.
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