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Barrens silky aster ~ photo by Thomas G. Barnes

Eastview Barrens State Nature Preserve

Location: Hardin County
Size: 119 acres
Access: Access for research onlyResearch Only

* The Nature Conservancy 
Purchased with Assistance of: 
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
Dedicated Sept. 17, 1997, Eastview Barrens State Nature Preserve is 119 acres of grassland and open woodland co-owned by The Nature Conservancy and the commission. The presence of globally rare species at Eastview Barrens makes protection a critical priority. Numerous rare species, including prairie gentian (Gentiana puberulenta), barrens silky aster (Aster pratensis), frostweed (Helianthemum bicknellii), long-haired hawkweed (Hieracium longipilum), and spikemoss (Selaginella apoda) continue to survive on the fire-maintained grasslands.

Due to the sensitivity of this preserve, Eastview Barrens is only accessible through guided tours with The Nature Conservancy or the Nature Preserves Commission.