Caney Mountain CA

  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Natural AreaNatural Area
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • Rifle / Pistol RangeRifle / Pistol Range
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Bike TrailBike Trail
  • Viewing PlatformViewing Platform
  • BoundaryBoundary
Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Hunting
    • Squirrel,
    • Deer,
    • Turkey
  • Bird Watching
  • Tours
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery,
    • Rifle or Pistol
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking

About this Area

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Early morning skylight over the Caney Mountain CA
Enjoy scenic vistas at Caney Mountain CA.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Caney Mountain Conservation Area is in Ozark County, five miles north of Gainsville.

This 7,899-acre area is characterized by unusual geology, including the roughest parts of a precipitous range of hills. These hills are a remnant of an old elevated plateau that has been dissected by numerous feeder streams. From area roads, visitors can view numerous prominent peaks, including Bear Cave Mountain, High Rock Mountain, Morrison Knob, Long Bald, and Tater Cave Mountain.

The area also includes unique plant communities. Glades, savannas, forest openings, and old growth forest cover the rugged terrain along the small creek bottoms. Several of the state's rare and endangered species are being protected on the area.

Caney Mountain was a stronghold of the eastern wild turkey in Missouri, even when the state population dropped to less than 2,500 birds. The area was acquired as a turkey refuge in 1940, and A. Starker Leopold, son of Aldo Leopold, the pioneer of modern wildlife conservation, prepared the first wildlife management plan.

Prior to its purchase, the land had been repeatedly burned and had been subjected to open range grazing. The Conservation Department released 30 deer captured from what is now the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area here in the fall of 1940. This area then provided both deer and turkeys to restore populations in the rest of the state.

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
Directions
From Gainesville, take Highway 181 north 5 miles, then gravel entrance road west 0.50 mile to the area.
Shooting Range Info
Range Id
2939
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Archery Field Target
Target Distance
10,20,30,40
Disabled Access
No
Range Id
2940
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Rifle/Pistol
Target Distance
25,50,100
Disabled Access
No
Range Id
3025
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Archery Static Target
Target Distance
-
Disabled Access
No
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information