Mule Shoe CA

About this Area

For more information call
(417) 895-6880
Total Acres

Mule Shoe Conservation Area is in eastern Hickory County. Visitors can reach the area by heading north on Route F off Highway 54, then going east on Gravel Road 96, which runs through the area, and by traveling to the end of Route P from Crosstimbers.

This 2,709-acre area borders the eastern bank of the Little Niangua River for over one mile. The area contains forestland, bottomland fields, and steep limestone bluffs. Natural communities include dry and dry-mesic chert forest, dolomite glades, a remnant dolomite savanna, and bottomland forests. Approximately 256 acres are pasture fields.

This area was acquired to help protect the aquatic habitat of the Niangua darter, which is classified as state-endangered and federally-threatened species.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Bird Watching
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Rock Bass,
    • Suckers,
    • Sunfish
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • BoundaryBoundary

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
In Hickory County take Route F north from Highway 54, then gravel road 96 east to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information