Natural Areas

Explore Missouri's original landscapes

Missouri's natural areas represent some of the best — and last — examples of our state's original landscape. Here are places where you can still see the rare plants, animals, and geological features that pre-settlement native Americans knew well or that explorers such as Lewis and Clark observed and recorded. Explore remnant prairies, old-growth forests and woodlands, rare wetlands, caves, and many other kinds of native habitat.

Plan a visit

Use the information in this section to plan a visit to a natural area. Whether your interest is nature study, birding, hiking, fishing, hunting, or photography, you'll find a designated Missouri natural area to enjoy your favorite low-impact outdoor recreational activity.

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Natural Areas Visitor Guidelines

Regulations on each Missouri natural area vary, so please consult the area's Web page and call the manager for permitted uses and other details before you visit.

Natural Areas Newsletter

See the latest edition of the Missouri Natural Areas Newsletter for information on natural areas, natural community management, and biological diversity conservation news!

Natural Areas in Missouri

Alley Spring

Designated as a natural area since
04/20/2007
Acreage
795.00
County
Shannon
Owner
National Park Service,
MDC
Contact
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Department of Conservation – Ozark Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-323-4236, 417-256-7161
Cypress trees at Allred Lake

Allred Lake

Designated as a natural area since
02/25/1982
Acreage
76.00
County
Butler
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730

Ashe Juniper

Designated as a natural area since
01/24/1986
Acreage
52.00
County
Stone
Owner
MDC,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southwest Regional Office
Contact Phone
417-895-6880
Ava Glades Natural Area

Ava Glades Natural Area

Designated as a natural area since
03/23/2017
Acreage
5 251.00
County
Ozark
Owner
Mark Twain National Forest
Contact
Mark Twain National Forest
Contact Phone
417-683-4428
Wood Thrush

Babler Southwoods Hollow

Designated as a natural area since
09/25/1978
Acreage
17.00
County
Saint Louis
Owner
MO Department of Natural Resources
Contact
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State park
Contact Phone
636-458-3813

Bald Hill Glade

Designated as a natural area since
08/27/1993
Acreage
332.00
County
Ripley
Owner
U.S. Forest Service
Contact
Mark Twain National Forest – Eleven Point District
Contact Phone
573-996-2153

Ball Mill Resurgence

Designated as a natural area since
08/20/1979
Acreage
19.00
County
Perry
Owner
L-A-D Foundation
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730

Barn Hollow

Designated as a natural area since
05/27/1980
Acreage
190.00
County
Texas
Owner
MDC,
National Park Service
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Ozark Regional Office, Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Contact Phone
417-256-7161, 573-323-4236

Beech Springs

Designated as a natural area since
12/04/1981
Acreage
35.00
County
Stoddard
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730
Blue lobelia flowers on a stalk

Bennett Spring Hanging Fen

Designated as a natural area since
03/18/1982
Acreage
5.00
County
Dallas
Owner
MO Department of Natural Resources
Contact
Bennett Spring State Park
Contact Phone
417-532-4338
Spicebush showing oval leaves and red berries

Big Barren Creek

Designated as a natural area since
08/29/1989
Acreage
232.00
County
Carter
Owner
U.S. Forest Service
Contact
Mark Twain National Forest – Eleven Point District
Contact Phone
573-996-2153

Big Buffalo Creek Fen

Designated as a natural area since
06/27/1972
Acreage
45.00
County
Benton
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Kansas City Regional Office
Contact Phone
816-622-0900

Big Oak Tree

Designated as a natural area since
10/21/1977
Acreage
940.00
County
Mississippi
Owner
MO Department of Natural Resources
Contact
Big Oak Tree State Park
Contact Phone
573-649-3149

Big Spring

Designated as a natural area since
02/14/1983
Acreage
17.00
County
Carter
Owner
National Park Service
Contact
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Contact Phone
573-323-4236

Big Spring Pines

Designated as a natural area since
01/29/1993
Acreage
345.00
County
Carter
Owner
National Park Service
Contact
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Contact Phone
573-323-4236

Big Sugar Creek

Designated as a natural area since
09/18/1979
Acreage
56.00
County
Lincoln
Owner
MO Department of Natural Resources
Contact
Cuivre River State Park
Contact Phone
636-528-7247

Blair Creek Raised Fen

Designated as a natural area since
01/24/1986
Acreage
3.00
County
Shannon
Owner
U.S. Forest Service
Contact
Mark Twain National Forest – Salem Ranger District
Contact Phone
573-729-6656

Blue Pond

Designated as a natural area since
10/24/1977
Acreage
15.00
County
Bollinger
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730

Blue River Glades

Designated as a natural area since
01/21/1983
Acreage
18.00
County
Jackson
Owner
Kansas City
Contact
Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department
Contact Phone
816-503-4800

Blue Spring

Designated as a natural area since
06/27/1972
Acreage
17.00
County
Shannon
Owner
MDC
Contact
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-323-4236, 573-290-5730
Fame Flower

Bona Glade

Designated as a natural area since
02/16/1979
Acreage
20.00
County
Dade
Owner
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Contact
Stockton Project Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Contact Phone
417-276-3113
Photo of the trunk and bark of a shortleaf pine tree.

Botkins Pine Woods

Designated as a natural area since
11/30/1981
Acreage
30.00
County
Sainte Genevieve
Owner
MO Department of Natural Resources
Contact
Hawn State Park
Contact Phone
573-883-3603

Bradyville

Designated as a natural area since
03/23/1972
Acreage
139.00
County
Stoddard
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730
A trunk of a bur oak in a woods in winter.

Brickey Hills

Designated as a natural area since
09/10/2016
Acreage
352.00
County
Sainte Genevieve
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730

Brickyard Hill Loess Mound

Designated as a natural area since
03/25/1972
Acreage
125.00
County
Atchison
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Northwest Regional Office
Contact Phone
816-271-3100

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