Life abounds under the dome of black oaks of this rare sand savanna. From glass lizards and six-foot snakes to enigmatic gophers and their omnipresent mounds, to flowers of all fashions, this is not a refuge—this is paradise.
- Beautiful, open sand (black oak) savanna
- Glass lizards, bullsnakes, and the plains pocket gopher
- Spring: Grand display of birdfoot violet
- Late August: Floral show of rough blazing star
Best Times to Visit:
- May through September for wildflowers and wildlife
- Fall for both the changing color of the trees and the savanna plants
Mike’s Thoughts: Pembroke Savanna is one of the highest-quality preserves in the state. Classified as a sand savanna, it is among the world’s rarest ecosystems, featuring a wide variety of threatened and endangered plant species that thrive under a light-sharing canopy of black oaks. Throughout the season, flowers of all colors and compositions are continuously in bloom, a paradise to behold. Given its snakes and all its splendor, Pembroke Savanna may very well be the Garden of Eden.
Notes: The parking area is a small gravel lot off the side of the road. There is only room for two cars, so be thoughtful.
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