Explore Missouri's original landscapes

Missouri's natural areas represent some of the best — and last — examples of our state's original landscape. Here are places where you can still see the rare plants, animals, and geological features that pre-settlement native Americans knew well or that explorers such as Lewis and Clark observed and recorded. Explore remnant prairies, old-growth forests and woodlands, rare wetlands, caves, and many other kinds of native habitat.

Plan a visit

Use the information in this section to plan a visit to a natural area. Whether your interest is nature study, birding, hiking, fishing, hunting, or photography, you'll find a designated Missouri natural area to enjoy your favorite low-impact outdoor recreational activity.

Map of Natural Areas in Missouri


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Natural Areas Directory

Titlesort icon County Designation Date
Alley Spring Shannon 04/20/2007
Allred Lake Butler 02/25/1982
Ashe Juniper Stone 01/24/1986
Babler Southwoods Hollow St. Louis 09/25/1978
Bald Hill Glade Ripley 08/27/1993
Ball Mill Resurgence Perry 08/20/1979
Barn Hollow Texas 05/27/1980
Beech Springs Stoddard 12/04/1981
Bennett Spring Hanging Fen Dallas 03/18/1982
Big Barren Creek Carter 08/29/1989
Big Buffalo Creek Fen Benton 06/27/1972
Big Oak Tree Mississippi 10/21/1977
Big Spring Carter 02/14/1983
Big Spring Pines Carter 01/29/1993
Big Sugar Creek Lincoln 09/18/1979
Blair Creek Raised Fen Shannon 01/24/1986
Blue Pond Bollinger 10/24/1977
Blue River Glades Jackson 01/21/1983
Blue Spring Shannon 06/27/1972
Bona Glade Dade 02/16/1979
Shortened URL
http://mdc.mo.gov/node/2453