Middle Fork Barrens Natural Area
Located in the eastern portion of the central Ouachita Mountains, Saline County, this natural area contains a complex of open glades, barrens, and dry oak woodlands on a shale substrate. Glades at the site range from seasonally wet, flat glades situated in erosional drainages to very dry hillside glades on south and west-facing slopes. Located within the glades are several globally rare, endemic plant species. The natural area also includes rich hardwood forests on north-facing slopes and terraces along the Middle Fork of the Saline River, including a 1/3 mile stretch of the river.

Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

From the junction of State Highway 5 and State Highway 9 at Crows, travel approximately 4.6 miles west, through Owensville to Burk Road, and turn right. Then travel approximately 1.5 miles. The majority of the area is located on the east side of the road.

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