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
Horseshoe Bend Texas 04/11/1973
Holly Ridge Stoddard 02/13/1976
Hidden Valley Clay 04/17/1978
Hickory Canyons Ste. Genevieve 03/22/1974
Helton Prairie Harrison 08/29/1989
Haney Pond Oregon 09/25/1991
Ha Ha Tonka Oak Woodland Camden 02/10/1981
Ha Ha Tonka Karst Camden 11/30/1981
Grassy Pond Carter 12/20/1971
Grasshopper Hollow Reynolds 12/16/1983
Grand Gulf Oregon 07/15/1986
Grand Bluffs Montgomery 07/29/1998
Graham Cave Glades Montgomery 03/22/1989
Golden Seal Carter 12/18/1973
George A. Hamilton Forest Lincoln 02/14/1983
Fern Nook Ripley 08/26/2011
Engelmann Woods Franklin 01/21/1983
Elmslie Forest Marion 12/20/1971
Elk River Breaks Woodland McDonald 06/28/2000
Elephant Rocks Iron 06/05/1978
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