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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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Titlesort icon County Designation Date
Yellow Creek Chariton 08/29/1989
Wolf Bayou Pemiscot 06/27/1972
Wildcat Glade Newton 02/17/1984
White River Balds Taney 04/18/1983
Whetstone Creek Callaway 06/16/1983
Westport Island Lincoln 11/16/1984
Western Star Flatwoods Phelps 10/24/2011
Wells Branch Fen Ripley 01/24/1986
Weldon Spring Hollow St. Charles 06/16/1983
Washington State Park Hardwood Washington 07/23/1985
Wah-Sha-She Prairie Jasper 10/22/1975
Vilander Bluff Crawford 12/17/1993
Vancill Hollow Cape Girardeau 10/21/1977
Valley View Glades Jefferson 08/24/1982
Twenty-Five Mile Prairie Polk 12/18/2009
Tupelo Gum Pond Oregon 08/24/1982
Tunnel Bluff Woods
Carter
Ripley
09/23/1994
Tucker Prairie Callaway 03/26/1999
Tower Rock Perry 11/15/1972
Tingler Prairie Howell 06/26/2003
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