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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Natural Areas Directory

Titlesort icon County Designation Date
Cowards Hollow Carter 09/25/1991
Cupola Pond Ripley 01/21/1981
Current River Shannon 07/21/1977
Danville Glades Montgomery 11/16/1984
Dark Hollow Sullivan 05/20/1992
Dave Rock St. Clair 03/13/1987
Des Moines River Ravines Clark 09/25/1978
Diamond Grove Prairie Newton 08/24/1982
Donaldson Point New Madrid 03/20/2003
Dripping Springs Texas 04/11/1973
Dupont Pike 11/15/1972
Eck Memorial Texas 04/06/1993
Elephant Rocks Iron 06/05/1978
Elk River Breaks Woodland McDonald 06/28/2000
Elmslie Forest Marion 12/20/1971
Engelmann Woods Franklin 01/21/1983
Fern Nook Ripley 08/26/2011
George A. Hamilton Forest Lincoln 02/14/1983
Golden Seal Carter 12/18/1973
Graham Cave Glades Montgomery 03/22/1989
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/2453