Plan Your Visit
Opening Date April 16, 2022 (running through November 26)
Trails and self-guided exhibits are open daily from sunrise to sunset
Admission is free
Presenting Local Sponsor
Historic Cane Hill invites visitors to explore the uniqueness and importance of the natural environment in the exhibition “Habitat.” Thematic outdoor exhibit areas explore the central idea “protecting habitats protects life” through the lens of the environment where each exhibit is displayed. Exhibition visitors will encounter over a dozen exhibit areas sprinkled along a beautifully forested trail system in the historic community of Cane Hill. A hike along the trail will immerse exhibition visitors in an Ozark landscape featuring Jordan Creek, dramatic limestone bluffs, and a variety of flora and fauna. Habitat was developed by Smithsonian Gardens and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
The exhibition invites visitors to learn more about topics related to habitats, their importance to life and what people can do to help preserve them. Sections on topics such as fungi, dead wood, nests and insects explore the critical role that many organisms play in creating and sustaining habitats, and how people can best protect them.
“Habitat” also explores different ecosystems and how scientists study them. For example, Biomes: Life in the Balance in the exhibition visitor center, features different biomes found in North America and how scientists at the Smithsonian are studying disruptions to the balance of these ecosystems; Sign of the Dragonfly located along a spring-fed stream, examines how conservationists study indicator species, like dragonflies, to determine the health of an ecosystem.
Historic Cane Hill is located on Arkansas Highway 45, approximately 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville and six miles east of the Oklahoma border. From the Northwest Arkansas metro area – take I-49 to exit 62. Go west on US-62 through Farmington and Prairie Grove. Turn south on Arkansas Highway 45 (before reaching the town of Lincoln). From Tulsa, Oklahoma – take US-412 to Siloam Springs. Turn south on US-59 through Summers, and US-62 through Lincoln. Turn south again on Arkansas Highway 45 and continue to Historic Cane Hill.