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Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Chaumont, 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

Where to Watch

  • Trail (uneven, requires caution)

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching

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Contact Information

Telephone: 315-387-3600

Address: Van Alstyne Rd., Chaumont, NY 13622

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