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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
Haney Pond Oregon 09/25/1991
Cowards Hollow Carter 09/25/1991
Butler Hollow Glades Barry 09/06/1990
Brushy Pond Oregon 06/26/1990
Caney Mountain Ozark 06/26/1990
Marg Pond Shannon 06/26/1990
Yellow Creek Chariton 08/29/1989
Tarkio Prairie Atchison 08/29/1989
Red Maple Pond Ripley 08/29/1989
Helton Prairie Harrison 08/29/1989
Big Barren Creek Carter 08/29/1989
Lamotte Sandstone Barrens Ste. Genevieve 03/22/1989
Graham Cave Glades Montgomery 03/22/1989
Marmaton River Bottoms Vernon 03/13/1987
Sand Ponds Ripley 03/13/1987
Horton Bottoms Vernon 03/13/1987
Ripgut Prairie Bates 03/13/1987
Dave Rock St. Clair 03/13/1987
Prairie Slough Lincoln 03/13/1987
Grand Gulf Oregon 07/15/1986
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