Buford Mountain Conservation Area

About this Area

For more information call
(573) 223-4525
Total Acres


buford mountain state forest
David Stonner

Buford Mountain Conservation Area is located east of Missouri's beautiful Belleview Valley. The area's namesake feature presents a majestic view from Highway 21. This heavily forested area is very wilderness-like and Buford Mountain's 1,740-feet makes it just shy of the highest in the state. Most of the mountain is hardened by granite known as Rhyolite, which serves as a testament to the area's volcanic past. A steep and challenging trail takes hikers and backpackers up the mountain and through several glades. The climb is rewarded at Bald Knob with a stunning view of the valley below. The adventurous can spend the night a designated primitive campsite here.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Bird Watching
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Ironton, take Highway 21 north 8 miles, then Route U northeast approximatley 4 miles until you reach the parking lot and Area sign.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information