Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Good birding in breeding season and winter. Look for tanagers (both), Coopers Hawk, herons, and orioles in the summer, ducks and geese in winter.
From Appalachian Discovery Birding Heritage Trail
About Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve
+ Xeric barren prairie
+ Summer wildflowers
+ ButterfliesA .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.Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve is located in Adams County within Adams Lake State Park, which is 1 mile north of West Union on OH-41. The marked entrance to the preserve is at the far west end of the park road.
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.
From Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Adams Lake State Park map.