Thirty Years for Missouri's Natural Areas

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Published on: Sep. 2, 2007

Last revision: Dec. 3, 2010

Directions: From the junction of Highways 63 and 54, north of Jefferson City, take Highway 94 east for 34.1 miles. Turn left on County Road 291 (gravel) and travel north 0.3 mile to a parking lot and trailhead on the east side.

Valley View Glades Natural Area

227 acres in Jefferson County
(636) 441-4554

Just south of the St. Louis Metro Area, near Hillsboro, are large open dolomite glades and woodlands that can be seen along the 2.5-mile natural-surface Valley View Glades Trail.

Driving Directions: From the intersection of Highway 21 and Route B in Hillsboro, go west on Route B for 4.5 miles to the parking lot and trailhead on the north side.

Pickle Springs Natural Area

180 acres in Ste. Genevieve County
(573) 290-5730

Sandstone waterfalls, canyons and amazing rock formations that can be enjoyed along the 2-mile natural-surface Trail through Time interpretive hiking trail.

Driving Directions: About halfway between Cape Girardeau and the St. Louis Metro Area. From the junction of Highway 32 and Route W in Farmington, travel east on Highway 32 for five miles, then east on Route AA for 1.7 miles to Dorlac Road (gravel). Turn north and drive 0.4 mile on Dorlac Road to the parking lot on the east side.

Weldon Spring Hollow Natural Area

385 acres in St. Charles County
(636) 441-4554

Rugged, wooded river hills rise over 300 feet above the Missouri River floodplain just 30 miles west of downtown St. Louis. Visitors to this area can hike either the 8.2-mile Lewis Trail or the 5.3-mile Clark Trail, both natural-surface trails. Hikers and bikers may view the bluffs of Weldon Spring Hollow from below by following the KATY Trail State Park ((800) 334-6946) between mile markers 56 and 53.

Driving Directions: Located within Weldon Spring Conservation Area. From Highway 40/61 at Weldon Spring, travel west on Highway 94, past Route D. Continue on Highway 94 for 1.1 miles past Route D and turn south into the parking lot and trailhead.


Natural Areas Partners

Visitors are also welcome at designated natural areas on lands owned by other partners in the Missouri Natural Areas Committee, including Missouri State Parks ((800) 334-6946), the Mark Twain National Forest ((573) 364-4621), the Ozark National Scenic Riverways ((573) 323-4236), and The Nature Conservancy ((314) 968-1105). A number of other entities, such as private individuals, the University of Missouri and the L-A-D Foundation, also own designated Missouri natural areas.

Agency partners of the Missouri Natural Areas Committee are:

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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