Atop a small, gravelly hill sits a gem of a prairie that puts on summer-long flower shows and provides a fabulous view of the tallgrass prairie below.Features:
- Beautiful, rare, remnant hill prairie with a grand view and great displays of flowers.
- Late June: Golden coreopsis and leadplant
- August: Rough blazing star
Best Times to Visit:
- May through September for constant displays of wildflowers
Mike’s Thoughts: Shoe Factory Road Prairie is a pretty little thing. Just nine acres in all, it’s a diamond in the rough. Set high atop a gravelly kame at the north edge of Carl R. Hansen Woods, this virgin hill prairie offers a wonderful view of the grassland to the south. Throughout the summer, flowers miraculously fill the gravelly spaces.
Notes: The preserve is most easily reached by parking in the gravel pull-off along Shoe Factory Road. Carefully cross the street and follow the fence west for about 500 feet and then south for another 500 feet to the entrance.
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