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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Spring's End Forest
Tower Rock Perry 11/15/1972
Dupont Pike 11/15/1972
Wolf Bayou Pemiscot 06/27/1972
Blue Spring Shannon 06/27/1972
Big Buffalo Creek Fen Benton 06/27/1972
Brickyard Hill Loess Mound Atchison 03/25/1972
Bradyville Stoddard 03/23/1972
Clifty Creek Maries 12/20/1971
Elmslie Forest Marion 12/20/1971
Poplar Bluff Forest Butler 12/20/1971
Grassy Pond Carter 12/20/1971
Taberville Prairie St. Clair 12/20/1971
Piney River Narrows Texas 12/20/1971
Osage Prairie Vernon 12/20/1971
Powder Mill Cave Shannon 12/20/1971
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