Three Creeks CA

Formerly closed portions of the multi-use trail are now open. Trail improvements are ongoing, and users may encounter motorized equipment on the trail. We are in the process of updating the area map to show the changes to the trail system.

About this Area

For more information call
(573) 815-7901
Total Acres
1497.4

Three Creeks Conservation Area is in Boone County (halfway between Columbia and Ashland). The area takes its name from the three creeks that run through the area: Turkey Creek, Bass Creek, and Bonne Femme Creek. The rugged forest features scenic bluffs, intermittent streams, geologic formations, and old eastern red cedar trees. Three Creeks Conservation Area was considered for purchase as a result of substantial public input and interest in protecting the general Three Creeks area from further urban development, which would destroy its appearance and natural features.

Moreover, Three Creeks Conservation Area was acquired to maintain and manage representative plant and animal communities and to provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities in an urbanizing region of central Missouri.

Much of the land in the general area was purchased by freed slaves following the Civil War. Generally, the tracts were small (usually 40 or 80 acre parcels). Land which could be seeded to pasture for grazing or plowed with a horse was farmed into the 1930's when many families could no longer support themselves on the small tracts of land. Many had to sell their property due to the economic conditions during the Depression. The reduction in the number of landowners has continued up to the present time. Seven identifiable house sites have been located on the initial 685 acres.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Turkey,
    • Dove,
    • Squirrel
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • White Bass,
    • Sunfish
  • Camping
    • Open Camping-Walk/Float/Backpack(no Deer/Turkey)
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hike / Bike / Equestrian TrailHike / Bike / Equestrian Trail
  • 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
Directions
From Columbia, take Highway 63 south 5 miles, then Deer Park Road west 1.75 miles.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

Three Creeks CA

Three Creeks CA
Three Creeks CA

Three Creeks CA

Three Creeks CA
Three Creeks CA