Downs Prairie Natural Area
Down’s Prairie Natural Area, Prairie County, is one of the few remnants of tallgrass prairie left on the Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas (Mississippi Alluvial Plain). The natural area contains a diverse assemblage of wildflowers including Indian paintbrush, narrow-leaved sunflower, and white wild indigo. The area also hosts several plant species that were probably once more common across this part of the state, such as prairie evening primrose. Downs Prairie supports the largest documented remaining population of prairie mole crickets in the Grand Prairie. Prior to settlement, approximately 320,000 acres of tallgrass prairie occurred across the Grand Prairie region. Today, less than 1% of those prairies remain.

Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

From DeValls Bluff travel approximately 1.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 70.

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