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Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Jefferson, Jefferson County

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The Chaumont Barrens offers one of the finest examples of alvar grasslands in the world. Alvars are broad, flat, naturally open habitats with only a thin veneer soil over a base of limestone or dolostone. Here you can see rare plants, including wildflowers like prairie smoke, found nowhere else in the Northeast.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Short-eared owl
  • Bobolink
  • Upland sandpiper
  • Common yellowthroats
  • Porcupines
  • Coyotes

Where to Watch

  • Trails (uneven, requires caution)

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching

Closest Town

Jefferson

Directions

Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Chaumont Barrens Preserve. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 315-387-3600

Website: The Nature Conservancy - Chaumont Barrens Preserve (This link leaves DEC's website)