Slaty Mountain Preserve is comprised of a dry hardwood and pine woodland including a globally rare shale barren community. The primary feature of the preserve is the high quality shale barren that is habitat to many rare species. The small dirt road accessing the preserve cuts across the shale barren community, allowing good views of the shale barren species and surrounding mountains. Hiking and visitation is limited to walking along this dirt road. All the shale barren species can be seen from the road side. Late summer (after mid August) is the best time to see the shale barren plants in bloom.
Find out more about Slaty Mountain Preserve at the Nature Conservancy website.