Grassland oasis in the midst of Bienville National Forest, controlled to protect the unique habitat from unique soil conditions; adbundant wildflower floral displays in late spring and summer; gate closed, contact Forest Service office.
Harrell Prairie is the largest and least disturbed prairie in Mississippi. Unique yearlong, Harrell Prairie is especially spectacular in the Spring when the variety of flowers and grasses are most abundant.
The characteristically alkaline soils of this area support a plant community different from the surrounding woodlands. This 150-acre prairie, located within Bienville National Forest, is managed strictly to ensure the protection and perpetuation of this rare vegetative type. Mid-June through early July are the best times to visit this area to see unusual native flowering species. At these times, butterflies are common. Many neotropical birds, such as the prairie warbler, indigo bunting, blue grosbeak, yellow-breasted chats, and common yellowthroat are usually present during spring and summer.
Contact Harrell Prairie Hill Botanical Area
Bienville Ranger District
3473 Highway 35 South
Forest, MS 39074
Phone: (601) 469-3811
Fax: (601) 469-2513
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