Missouri's Savannas and Woodlands

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Published on: Aug. 2, 2000

Last revision: Nov. 5, 2010

Interpretive Trail, a 3/4-mile loop trail, or the 5-mile Turkey Pen Hollow Trail. Both wind through the 953-acre Ha Ha Tonka Savanna Natural Area. Visitors to this 2,953-acre state park can get there from Camdenton by traveling west on U.S. 54 for 2 miles, then turning south on County Road D for 2 miles to the park entrance. For further information, contact the park office, Route 1, PO Box 658, Camdenton 65020, or phone (573) 346-2986.

Caney Mountain Conservation Area - This 7,882-acre area in Ozark County is 5 miles north of Gainesville on Highway 181 (watch for the cantilever sign), then one-half mile west on the gravel entrance road. The trail through the Caney Mountain Natural Area crosses through craggy chert woodlands and expansive vistas of dolomite glades. For more information, contact the same office listed above for Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area - Woodlands grow among large dolomite glades on this 1,534-acre area in Stone County. Take the Boulder Glade or Dewey Bald trails to get a closer look at the woodland wildlife. This area contains the 362-acre White River Balds Natural Area.

From Branson, take the Shepard of the Hills Expressway to its intersection with Highway 76. Turn west on 76 for one-half mile to the area entrance on the right. You can receive more information from Missouri Conservation Department Branson Office, P.O. Box 491 (226 Claremont), Branson 65616, or phone (417) 334-3324.

Knob Noster State Park - This 3,600-acre park lies only an hour away from the Kansas City metro area. The 2/3-mile Clear Fork Savanna Trail winds through restored savanna and woodlands. From U.S. 50 in Knob Noster, travel west to Highway 132, then south on 132 for 1 mile to the park's entrance. The park has a visitor center explaining the area's natural features. To learn more, contact the park office at Knob Noster 65336, or phone (660) 563-2463.

Cuivre River State Park - Within the rugged landscape of Lincoln Hills, this 6,350-acre state park makes a good day trip from the St. Louis metro area. Many of the park's 24 miles of hiking trails wind through restored oak woodlands and savannas. Parts of the park are designated natural areas. From Troy, travel east on Highway 47 for 3 miles to Highway 147. Follow 147 north to the park entrance. To learn more about the park, stop at the visitor center or contact the park office, Route 1, Box 25, Troy 63379, or phone (573) 528-7247.

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