Natural Features

at Table Rock State Park

yellow wildflowerTable Rock State Park is located in the White River Hills of the Ozarks. Most of the park is covered in second-growth oak forests with oak and hickory trees bordering Table Rock Lake. Natural communities range from moist bottomland woodland along the lake to dry dolomite glades on the higher areas. Trees may vary from huge sycamores and cottonwoods in the bottom areas to shortleaf pines and glade-dwelling ashe’s junipers in the higher areas.

The park’s natural communities support different kinds of flowers and grasses including glade plants, wildflowers and riparian plants. A variety of wildlife callthe park home, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, red fox, gray fox and song birds. Great blue herons are often seen along the lake shore and bald eagles, loons and ospreys are commonly seen in the winter. Desert-adapted species such as tarantulas, roadrunners and collared lizards can be found in the glade areas.