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
Western Star Flatwoods Phelps 10/24/2011
Fern Nook Ripley 08/26/2011
Little Niangua River Camden 12/17/2010
LaBarque Creek Jefferson 12/17/2010
Twenty-Five Mile Prairie Polk 12/18/2009
Spring Creek Ranch
Adair
Putnam
Sullivan
09/15/2009
Brickey Hills Ste. Genevieve 08/25/2008
Niangua River Hills Dallas 08/25/2008
Spiderlily Ripley 01/30/2008
Razor Hollow Warren 01/30/2008
Alley Spring Shannon 04/20/2007
Chariton River Hills Macon 10/07/2005
Pawnee Prairie Harrison 11/19/2004
Tingler Prairie Howell 06/26/2003
Shaw Bottomland Forest Franklin 06/26/2003
Spurgeon Hollow Shannon 03/20/2003
Donaldson Point New Madrid 03/20/2003
Meramec Mosaic
Crawford
Franklin
04/29/2002
Pipestem Hollow Shannon 12/14/2001
Overcup Fen Ripley 12/14/2001
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/2453