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County: Washington 

Size: 25 Acres 

Date Conserved: 2022 

Trail Miles: 1, easy 

2150 S. Barrington Rd in Tontitown/Springdale, AR 


  • Birds- A main objective is to improve and create habitat for native grassland birds. In spring and summer many species can be observed including American Kestral, Eastern Meadowlark, Dickcissel, Eastern Bluebirds, and Tree Swallows. The adjacent pond is currently open for fishing by the landowner and hosts many species of ducks and waterfowl in winter along with Bald Eagles. 

  • Native plants- The Land Trust is currently working to improve the biodiversity of native plants on the preserve. Look for an explosion of swamp milkweed in summer around the edges of the pond. 

  • Wildlife- The Sanctuary hosts many species of birds along with white-tailed deer, armadillos, coyotes, and several species of native fish in Little Wildcat Creek. 

The Betty Hinshaw Bird sanctuary is a 25-acre remnant of oak barrens (savanna) habitat in Tontitown. The property was donated to the Land Trust by Ms. Betty in 2022 with support from her family to create a bird sanctuary. The site was part of Rocking Chair Ranch beginning in the 1950s where the family grazed cattle and grew hay. Because it was historically a type of grassland habitat, the Land Trust is restoring the sanctuary for the benefit of native grassland bird species. 


Initial restoration began in late 2022 and is anticipated to be ongoing through 2026.  Restoration activities include removal and control of invasive plant species, prescribed fire, and reintroduction of native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs. 


There is an easy 1-mile walking trail around the perimeter of the sanctuary which takes visitors around the grassland and along Little Wildcat Creek. Visitors may access the sanctuary by driving around the pond and heading left down the gravel drive.  






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  • Open dawn to dusk. 

  • Enter at your own risk. 

  • In case of emergency, dial 911. 

  • Foot traffic only; no bikes or motorized vehicles. 

  • Dogs must be leashed. Please clean up after your pets. 

  • Stay on designated trails only. 

  • Do not feed or disturb wildlife. 

  • No collecting of plants, flowers, or other natural elements. 

  • Unauthorized fishing and trapping prohibited. 

  • Hunting prohibited. 

  • No camping or campfires. 

  • Pack out what you pack in; leave no trace. 

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