Late summer and early fall brings an explosion of blooms in the tallgrass prairie that are enjoyed by migrating Monarch butterflies and songbirds. Hike the 1 mile mowed prairie loop trail to enjoy the color, or watch for birdwatch from the observation deck of Tingler Lake.
This time of year the oxbow lake attracts migrating white pelicans, early ducks like teal, wading birds, and possible osprey and bald eagles. Look for late-blooming woodland flora including the unique Indian pipe.
Morris Prairie CA is located in Putnam and Sullivan counties and though a small area it is worth a visit spring through fall. The Natural Area on Morris Prairie CA is ablaze with color during the growing season and abuzz with the drone of insects and an abundance of butterflies.
Cedar Gap CA, visitors can explore the headwaters of Bryant Creek and explore the oak/hickory forest. A gravel-surfaced trail leads to a valley overlook. If you continue beyond the overlook and hike the challenging 1.6 mile loop trail, you will notice the remnants of a limestone quarry and limestone glades.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.