University Forest CA

About this Area

Total Acres

University Forest CA

Woods at University Forest CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

University Forest Conservation Area is in Wayne and Butler counties. The area is located near the south side of Lake Wappapello and is approximately 10 miles north of Poplar Bluff. Visitors can acess the area from Routes W, KK, and T in Butler County and Highway 172 and Route W in Wayne County.

This 7,149-acre area was originally endowed to the University of Missouri by the federal government as part of the Agriculture College Act of 1862. The School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife took responsibility for the area in the early 1900s and in 1946 began managing the area for research and as a forestry summer camp. The Conservation Department acquired the area in 1988 for the purposes of continuing forest research, creating forest products, woodland related recreation opportunities for the public, and to demonstrate the effects of forest management.

The area primarily consists of oak-hickory forest with a scattering of shortleaf pine forest. Tree species include black oak, scarlet oak, hickory, maple, and dogwood. The forest provides habitat for deer, turkey, pileated woodpeckers, squirrels, and other typical Ozark wildlife.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Bird Watching
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hike / Bike / Equestrian TrailHike / Bike / Equestrian Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved

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 Poplar Bluff to the main tract, take Highway 67 north 15 miles, then Highway 172 east 4.50 miles, and Route W south 3 miles.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information