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
Botkins Pine Woods Ste. Genevieve 11/30/1981
Bradyville Stoddard 03/23/1972
Brickey Hills Ste. Genevieve 08/25/2008
Brickyard Hill Loess Mound Atchison 03/25/1972
Brush Creek St. Clair 11/16/1984
Brushy Pond Oregon 06/26/1990
Bryant Creek Douglas 12/18/1973
Buffalo Hills McDonald 06/28/1985
Bur-Reed Slough Pike 09/25/1974
Butler Hollow Glades Barry 09/06/1990
Caney Mountain Ozark 06/26/1990
Cardareva Bluff Shannon 11/16/1984
Carman Springs Howell 08/26/1994
Cash Swamp Dunklin 04/16/1975
Castor River Shut-Ins Madison 01/29/1993
Chariton River Hills Macon 10/07/2005
Chloe Lowry Marsh Mercer 03/10/1995
Clifty Creek Maries 12/20/1971
Coakley Hollow Fen Camden 08/25/1982
Coonville Creek St. Francois 09/18/1979
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