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.
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.)
Address: Van Alstyne Rd., Chaumont, NY 13622
Website: The Nature Conservancy - Chaumont Barrens Preserve (This link leaves DEC's website)
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