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Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve

Preserving 130 acres in Adams County

This is an outstanding xeric limestone prairie with post and blackjack oak. It supports the most extensive population of rattlesnake-master in the state. Prairie dock and spiked blazing-star are also unusually abundant at this site.

Eleven state-listed species have been recorded at the preserve including spider milkweed, prairie false indigo, pink milkwort and American bluehearts. Little bluestem is the dominant prairie grass.

Several rare lepidoptera, such as Edward's hairstreak butterfly, have been observed.

Local Directions

Located in Adams County. From West Union, north on State Rte 247 for .1 mile, left on Chaparral Rd (County Rd 22-C) for 2.7 miles, then right on Hawk Hill Rd (Township Rd 23) for .2 mile. The entrance is on the left.

Special Features

Bird Watching
Summer Wildflowers

  • blackjack-post oak prairie opening
  • summer prairie wildflowers
  • butterflies


  • .75 mile trail with bulletin board
  • interpretive signs
  • parking lot

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