Little Black CA

About this Area

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(417) 256-7161
Total Acres

Little Black Conservation Area is four miles south of the historic Grandin Mill site and was one of the first areas harvested for that mill in the 19th century. Remnant pine stumps from that harvest and pine woodland indicator species are commonly found. Historically, this region supported shortleaf pine and pine-oak woodlands with associated diverse ground flora. Post oak flatwoods were present on the broad ridges.

The tree species present are typical for oak-hickory and oak-pine forest types and include white oak, scarlet oak, southern red oak, post oak, black oak, hickory, and shortleaf pine. The 700 acre Little Black Woodland Bird Habitat Restoration Project was initiated in 2006 to restore woodland habitat by reducing heavily stocked tree stands.

On this area, the Fern Nook Natural Area has unique and high quality forest resources dominated by old growth stands with little or no disturbance. It was purchased in 2009 from the family of Thiemo Wolf. Mr. Wolf bought the property in 1918 to preserve the flora and fauna. It may be the earliest example of old growth management in the Ozarks. Eighty acres within this tract has been described as the highest quality bottomland forest in the Ozarks and has not been disturbed for 150 years. There are a wide range of species including sweetgum, white oak, ash, elm, sugar maple, shumard oak, bur oak, overcup oak, sycamore, swamp white oak, pecan and bitternut hickory. Uplands have old growth pine, white oak, black oak, post oak, and hickory. One north slope has the oldest known white oaks in the state dating to the early 1600s.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Sunfish
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot

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 Doniphan, take Highway 21 north 8 miles, then Route NN east to the area. Two new tracts: from Doniphan, take Highway 21 north 6 miles, then Route K east 5 miles to County Road K-4.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Little Black
Range Id
Maintenance Days
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Range Type
Archery Static Target
Target Distance
Disabled Access
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information