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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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Title County Designation Datesort icon
Morris Prairie Sullivan 04/20/2001
Solomon Hollow Glades Phelps 12/15/2000
Indian Trail Dent 12/15/2000
Little Tarkio Prairie Holt 11/03/2000
Elk River Breaks Woodland McDonald 06/28/2000
Tucker Prairie Callaway 03/26/1999
Grand Bluffs Montgomery 07/29/1998
Lincoln Hills Lincoln 01/13/1998
St. Francois Mountains
Iron
Reynolds
08/16/1996
Chloe Lowry Marsh Mercer 03/10/1995
Tunnel Bluff Woods
Carter
Ripley
09/23/1994
Carman Springs Howell 08/26/1994
Vilander Bluff Crawford 12/17/1993
Stegall Mountain Shannon 12/17/1993
Star School Hill Prairie Atchison 08/27/1993
Bald Hill Glade Ripley 08/27/1993
Eck Memorial Texas 04/06/1993
Big Spring Pines Carter 01/29/1993
Castor River Shut-Ins Madison 01/29/1993
Dark Hollow Sullivan 05/20/1992
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