Missouri Department of Conservation – St. Louis Regional Office
Points of Interest:
See a variety of natural community types and sandstone outcrops.
Look and listen for over a dozen forest and woodland breeding bird species.
Seventeen reptile and amphibian species utilize the area as part of their life cycle.
Natural Features Description:
This area features dry woodlands on the ridges and side slopes with post oak and chinkapin oak scattered over an understory rich in native grasses, sedges and wildflowers. River oats grass is particularly abundant in places. On the lower slopes and ravines forests of white oak and northern red oak and scattered sugar maple occurs. In the spring trout lily, wild geranium and bloodroot can be seen in the rich woods. Sandstone glades punctuate the woodlands. These sandstone glades are unusual in that they contain a mix of plant species found on both sandstone glades such as blue curls and rock pink as well as calcareous glade species such as prairie dock and aromatic aster. A number of small wet-weather waterfalls occur throughout the area along the drainages.
In the spring and summer scarlet and summer tanagers, eastern wood-peewee and great crested flycatcher can be seen in the rocky woodlands. Down in the ravines and along the wet-weather streams look for the Acadian flycatcher, Kentucky warbler, and Louisiana waterthrush. Pileated woodpeckers can be seen year round. The forests of the area provide habitat for three species of ambystomid salamanders, the ringed, marbled and spotted.
This natural area is within Daniel Boone Conservation Area. From Jonesburg head southwest on Highway Y for about 5 miles. Then turn left (south) on to Tower Road (gravel). Proceed two miles southwest on Tower Road to the conservation area. Continue southwest on Tower Road for another ¾ mile past the entrance to Daniel Boone Conservation Area. Look for the parking lot (on the left, south side) adjacent to Area Access Trail 1213. This trail provides good access into the natural area. Hunting is permitted. A map and compass are recommended to explore this area.