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
Kelso Sanctuary Cape Girardeau 11/26/1984
La Petite Gemme Prairie Polk 06/21/1977
LaBarque Creek Jefferson 12/17/2010
Lamotte Sandstone Barrens Ste. Genevieve 03/22/1989
Lichen Glade St. Clair 10/22/1975
Lily Pond Reynolds 12/15/1975
Lincoln Hills Lincoln 01/13/1998
Little Bean Marsh Platte 01/21/1980
Little Niangua River Camden 12/17/2010
Little Osage Prairie Vernon 08/26/1975
Little Tarkio Prairie Holt 11/03/2000
Locust Creek Linn 06/03/1979
Maple Woods Clay 09/26/1978
Marg Pond Shannon 06/26/1990
Marmaton River Bottoms Vernon 03/13/1987
McCormack Loess Mounds Holt 02/17/1978
Meramec Mosaic
Crawford
Franklin
04/29/2002
Meramec Upland Forest Franklin 02/28/1980
Mill Mountain Shannon 12/18/1973
Mint Spring Seep Gasconade 08/24/1982
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