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Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve

Preserving 26 acres in Adams County

This sparsely vegetated xeric, or dry, prairie is situated on a highly eroded slope of calcareous Estill Shale surrounded by a second-growth oak-hickory woodland. Red cedar, post oak and blackjack oak occur sporadically in the prairie opening.

Prairie grasses are sparse but Adams Lake Prairie supports diverse prairie forbs including a stand of prairie dock. Some of the interesting plants found growing at this cedar barren prairie include spider milkweed, shooting-star, green milkweed, Carolina buckthorn, American aloe, slender blazing-star and large summer bluets.

Local Directions

Located in Adams County within Adams Lake State Park, which is 1 mile north of West Union on State Route 41. The marked entrance to the preserve is at the far west end of the park road.

Special Features

Summer Flowers
Bird Watching

  • Xeric barren prairie
  • Butterflies



A .25 mile trail system with bulletin board and interpretive signs is present. Other visitor facilities including restrooms, drinking water and picnicking are available in the adjacent state park.

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