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
Locust Creek Linn 06/03/1979
Little Tarkio Prairie Holt 11/03/2000
Little Osage Prairie Vernon 08/26/1975
Little Niangua River Camden 12/17/2010
Little Bean Marsh Platte 01/21/1980
Lincoln Hills Lincoln 01/13/1998
Lily Pond Reynolds 12/15/1975
Lichen Glade St. Clair 10/22/1975
Lamotte Sandstone Barrens Ste. Genevieve 03/22/1989
LaBarque Creek Jefferson 12/17/2010
La Petite Gemme Prairie Polk 06/21/1977
Kelso Sanctuary Cape Girardeau 11/26/1984
Johnson's Shut-Ins Fen Reynolds 12/01/1983
Johnson's Shut-Ins Dolomite Glade Reynolds 11/26/1984
Johnson's Shut-Ins Reynolds 06/05/1978
Jacks Fork Shannon 05/27/1980
Isley Park Woods Clay 06/16/1983
Indian Trail Dent 12/15/2000
Hughes Mountain Washington 08/24/1982
Horton Bottoms Vernon 03/13/1987
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