This 351-acre area offers good squirrel, turkey and deer hunting in season, and its hardwood forest will be graced with dogwood, gum bumelia, and serviceberry blossoms and returning songbirds.
Managers are using prescribed fire and other techniques to restore the area’s dolomite glades (a rocky, desertlike type of habitat), maintain the limestone oak/hickory woodland plant community and restore the riparian forest along Whig Creek. These management practices maintain the area’s diverse wildlife habitat and support good populations of turkey, deer and squirrel.
Birders will appreciate seeing and hearing a variety of songbirds. Other fun-to-watch wildlife includes scorpions, box turtles, five-lined skinks and fence lizards.
In late spring and summer, see lead plant, goat’s rue, blazing star, purple coneflower, Missouri coneflower, rose verbena, asters and purple milkweed.
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The area is open to statewide regulations for deer and turkey hunting. A “No Shooting Zone” near the parking lot has been posted to protect the neighboring landowners.