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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Title County Designation Datesort icon
Carman Springs Howell 08/26/1994
Tunnel Bluff Woods
Chloe Lowry Marsh Mercer 03/10/1995
St. Francois Mountains
Lincoln Hills Lincoln 01/13/1998
Grand Bluffs Montgomery 07/29/1998
Tucker Prairie Callaway 03/26/1999
Elk River Breaks Woodland McDonald 06/28/2000
Little Tarkio Prairie Holt 11/03/2000
Solomon Hollow Glades Phelps 12/15/2000
Indian Trail Dent 12/15/2000
Morris Prairie Sullivan 04/20/2001
Pipestem Hollow Shannon 12/14/2001
Overcup Fen Ripley 12/14/2001
Meramec Mosaic
Spurgeon Hollow Shannon 03/20/2003
Donaldson Point New Madrid 03/20/2003
Tingler Prairie Howell 06/26/2003
Shaw Bottomland Forest Franklin 06/26/2003
Pawnee Prairie Harrison 11/19/2004
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