Dedicated Sept. 17, 1997, Eastview Barrens State Nature Preserve is a mosaic of grassland and open woodland co-owned by The Nature Conservancy and the KNP. The presence of globally rare species at Eastview Barrens makes protection a critical priority. Numerous rare species, including prairie gentian (Gentiana puberulenta), barrens silky aster (Aster pratensis), frostweed (Helianthemum bicknellii), long-haired hawkweed (Hieracium longipilum), and spikemoss (Selaginella apoda) continue to survive on the fire-maintained grasslands.
Springhouse Barrens is located roughly a half-mile north of the Eastview Barrens. Dedicated Sept. 8, 2004, this preserve contains a highly significant limestone barrens and glade community and supports a wide variety of grassland species, including the state-endangered Prairie gentian (Gentiana puberulenta) and state-threatened Eggert’s sunflower (Helianthus eggertii).
Due to the sensitivity of these preserves, research may be conducted by written permission only.