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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
Oumessourit Saline 10/20/1981
Ha Ha Tonka Oak Woodland Camden 02/10/1981
Regal Tallgrass Prairie Barton 02/10/1981
Mudlick Mountain Wayne 02/10/1981
Cupola Pond Ripley 01/21/1981
Mud Creek Butler 06/20/1980
Prairie Hollow Gorge Shannon 05/27/1980
Jacks Fork Shannon 05/27/1980
Barn Hollow Texas 05/27/1980
Meramec Upland Forest Franklin 02/28/1980
Sunklands Shannon 02/21/1980
Little Bean Marsh Platte 01/21/1980
Pickle Creek Ste. Genevieve 09/18/1979
Coonville Creek St. Francois 09/18/1979
Big Sugar Creek Lincoln 09/18/1979
Ball Mill Resurgence Perry 08/20/1979
Montauk Upland Forest Dent 06/04/1979
Locust Creek Linn 06/03/1979
Bona Glade Dade 02/16/1979
Paintbrush Prairie Pettis 09/26/1978
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