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.

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Natural Areas Directory

Titlesort icon County Designation Date
Montauk Upland Forest Dent 06/04/1979
Morris Prairie Sullivan 04/20/2001
Mount Vernon Prairie Lawrence 04/16/1976
Mud Creek Butler 06/20/1980
Mudlick Mountain Wayne 02/10/1981
Mule Hollow Glade Carter 12/18/1973
Niangua River Hills Dallas 08/25/2008
Niawathe Prairie Dade 08/26/1975
Osage Prairie Vernon 12/20/1971
Otter Slough Stoddard 02/25/1982
Oumessourit Saline 10/20/1981
Oval Lake Pike 09/25/1974
Overcup Fen Ripley 12/14/2001
Paintbrush Prairie Pettis 09/26/1978
Pawhuska Prairie Barton 08/26/1975
Pawnee Prairie Harrison 11/19/2004
Pelican Island St. Louis 02/14/1983
Pickle Creek Ste. Genevieve 09/18/1979
Pickle Springs Ste. Genevieve 06/13/1986
Pin Oak Slough Johnson 03/30/1978
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/2453