Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area

About this Area

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

Ketcherside Mountain CA is home to a portion of the St. Francois Mountains Natural Area and Royal Gorge Natural Area. This CA has four parking areas, 15 fishless ponds, a fire lookout tower, the Ozark Trail (6.2 miles) and the Royal Gorge Trail (2.3 miles). St. Francois Mountains Natural Area (7,028 acres) encompasses portions of Ketcherside Mountain (1,600 acres) as well as Taum Sauk Mountain and Johnson's Shut-Ins State Parks. This rugged natural area includes the tallest wet-weather waterfall in Missouri (Mina Sauk Falls), the tallest point in Missouri (Taum Sauk Mountain at 1,772 feet), and the State's deepest valley through which flows Taum Sauk Creek, an Outstanding State Resource Water. Nearly 400 native plant species have been documented from the natural area that contains outstanding igneous glades, woodlands, and forests. The area supports a diverse array of reptile, amphibian, and bird species. Royal Gorge Natural Area (80 acres) contains an outstanding example of an igneous shut-ins geologic feature along Big Creek along with igneous glades and stunted old-growth trees.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Camping
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack,
    • Designated Camping Sites
  • Bird Watching
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Natural AreaNatural Area
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved

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 south 4 miles. Take Route CC north to firetower, privy, etc.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information