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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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Titlesort icon County Designation Date
Oval Lake Pike 09/25/1974
Oumessourit Saline 10/20/1981
Otter Slough Stoddard 02/25/1982
Osage Prairie Vernon 12/20/1971
Niawathe Prairie Dade 08/26/1975
Niangua River Hills Dallas 08/25/2008
Mule Hollow Glade Carter 12/18/1973
Mudlick Mountain Wayne 02/10/1981
Mud Creek Butler 06/20/1980
Mount Vernon Prairie Lawrence 04/16/1976
Morris Prairie Sullivan 04/20/2001
Montauk Upland Forest Dent 06/04/1979
Mint Spring Seep Gasconade 08/24/1982
Mill Mountain Shannon 12/18/1973
Meramec Upland Forest Franklin 02/28/1980
Meramec Mosaic
Crawford
Franklin
04/29/2002
McCormack Loess Mounds Holt 02/17/1978
Marmaton River Bottoms Vernon 03/13/1987
Marg Pond Shannon 06/26/1990
Maple Woods Clay 09/26/1978
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