Baker Prairie is all that is left of a once 5,000-acre tallgrass prairie in northwest Arkansas. Visitors can see native grasses and beautiful wildflowers in the spring, summer and fall.
Within the city of Harrison in Boone County
71 acres, co-owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Baker Prairie is representative of the prairie that once existed on the Springfield Plateau of the Ozark Mountains. It is the largest known tract of Ozark prairie that occurs on a chert substrate. The prairie harbors several species of plants and animals of special concern in Arkansas. Baker Prairie’s timely protection was especially important due to its location within the growing city of Harrison.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Ongoing stewardship includes fence row removal, woody vegetation removal, regular prescribed burning, and control of non-native plant species, especially tall fescue. A 10-acre old field at the site is being restored using prairie seeds collected from the preserve. Volunteers from Harrison have been instrumental in the stewardship of Baker Prairie for many years.
Visiting the Preserve
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 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 middles school. There is also a pavilion and interpretive signs to guide your journey.