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
Little Bean Marsh Platte 01/21/1980
Sunklands Shannon 02/21/1980
Meramec Upland Forest Franklin 02/28/1980
Barn Hollow Texas 05/27/1980
Prairie Hollow Gorge Shannon 05/27/1980
Jacks Fork Shannon 05/27/1980
Mud Creek Butler 06/20/1980
Cupola Pond Ripley 01/21/1981
Ha Ha Tonka Oak Woodland Camden 02/10/1981
Regal Tallgrass Prairie Barton 02/10/1981
Mudlick Mountain Wayne 02/10/1981
Oumessourit Saline 10/20/1981
Ha Ha Tonka Karst Camden 11/30/1981
Botkins Pine Woods Ste. Genevieve 11/30/1981
Beech Springs Stoddard 12/04/1981
Otter Slough Stoddard 02/25/1982
Allred Lake Butler 02/25/1982
Spring Creek Gap Glades Maries 02/25/1982
Bennett Spring Hanging Fen Dallas 03/18/1982
Valley View Glades Jefferson 08/24/1982
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