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Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve
Coordinates: 38.8419806, -83.5772038
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About Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve
+ blackjack-post oak prairie opening
+ summer prairie wildflowers
+ butterflies
+ .75-mile trail with bulletin board, interpretive signs, and parking lot

Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve 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 plant 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.Located in Adams County. From West Union, drive north on OH-247 for .1 mile, turn left on Chaparral Road (County Road 22-C) for 2.7 miles, then turn right on Hawk Hill Road (Township Road 23) for .2 mile. The entrance is on the left.
From Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve webpage

Chaparral Prairie offers three loop hiking trails and one spur trail totaling 1.6 miles. A variety of prairie flowers can be seen throughout the first three weeks of August. To catch the signature natural phenomena of Chaparral Prairie, however, plan your visit in the very first days of August to witness the outstanding floral showcases of Liatris spicata, Dense Blazing Star. We suggest bringing a pair of closer-focusing binoculars with you and a butterfly guide.

In 2015, The Arc of Appalachia partnered with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, to successfully purchase an adjacent 60-acre property that nearly doubled the preserve’s land holdings, bringing the preserve up to 130 acres. Financial assistance came from Clean Ohio grant dollars, the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Arc donors, and Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association. The Arc has turned over the new acquisition to the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to manage, and the state has already designed and cut three beautiful new hiking trails on the new property which are open to the public every day of the year. A beautifully constructed new foot bridge fording the small creek on the new acquisition was built by the Division and funded by the Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society.
From Chaparral Prairie (Arc of Appalacia) webpage

No restroom facilities.