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
The Pinnacles Boone 01/21/1983
Tarkio Prairie Atchison 08/29/1989
Taberville Prairie St. Clair 12/20/1971
Sunklands Shannon 02/21/1980
Stegall Mountain Shannon 12/17/1993
Star School Hill Prairie Atchison 08/27/1993
St. Francois Mountains
Iron
Reynolds
08/16/1996
St. Francis River Madison 06/16/1983
Spurgeon Hollow Shannon 03/20/2003
Spring's End Forest
Crawford
Phelps
11/15/1972
Spring Creek Ranch
Adair
Putnam
Sullivan
09/15/2009
Spring Creek Gap Glades Maries 02/25/1982
Spiderlily Ripley 01/30/2008
Solomon Hollow Glades Phelps 12/15/2000
Shaw Bottomland Forest Franklin 06/26/2003
Schnabel Woods Boone 07/24/1978
Sand Ponds Ripley 03/13/1987
Royal Gorge Iron 03/17/1973
Rock Spring Bluff Barry 12/18/1973
Roaring River Cove Hardwoods Barry 06/05/1978
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