Places We Protect

Pontotoc Ridge Preserve


Pontotoc Ridge Preserve in Oklahoma. © Mike Fuhr/The Nature Conservancy

A ruggedly beautiful land featuring rolling hills, limestone outcrops, springs and cool running streams.



This 2,900 acre landscape, a gift from the Buddy Smith family, rests in south-central Oklahoma and holds bottomland oakforests, savannas, mixed-grass and tallgrass prairies, springs and cool running streams.

Pontotoc Ridge Preserve is a premier Arbuckle Plains property located on top of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, providing critical recharge for the water source.  This untilled landscape has proven to be a regional hot spot of butterfly diversity, boasting over 90 species documented at the preserve to date.

Whether it's cactus, bluestem or collared lizards, Pontotoc Ridge Preserve is an excellent example of Oklahoma's ruggedly beautiful lands.



Limited access during events.


Pontotoc County

Map with marker: Located south of Ada, Oklahoma.


Migratory birds, Untilled rugged prairie, over 90 butterfly species, Aquifer recharge zone


2,900 acres

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Photos from NatGeo Photo Ark

Discover the unique endemic species of the Oka' Yanahli and Pontotoc Ridge Preserves photographed by Joel Sartore National Geographic Photo Ark project.

Orangebelly darter on a white background.
Big-eyed toad bug on black background
Orangebelly darter on black background.
Ringed crayfish on a white background.
BIgeye shiner on black background
Ringed crayfish on black background
Bigeye shiner on white background
Hellgrammite photographed on a white background.
Damselfly larvae on black background
Western pygmy rattlesnake on a white background.
Map of Oklahoma preserves in OK360 virtual tour
OK360 Take a virtual field trip to Oklahoma's 5 flagship preserves. © TNC

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Take a virtual field trip and experience breathtaking 360° panoramas of Oklahoma’s native and diverse landscapes. Great for classrooms and living rooms alike to learn about the unique Pontotoc Ridge Preserve in southeastern Oklahoma and all its plants, animals, and special ecology through this engaging multi-media.

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