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
Piney River Narrows Texas 12/20/1971
Pioneer Shannon 07/21/1977
Pipestem Hollow Shannon 12/14/2001
Poplar Bluff Forest Butler 12/20/1971
Powder Mill Cave Shannon 12/20/1971
Prairie Hollow Gorge Shannon 05/27/1980
Prairie Slough Lincoln 03/13/1987
Quercus Flatwoods Texas 12/16/1983
Razor Hollow Warren 01/30/2008
Red Maple Pond Ripley 08/29/1989
Regal Tallgrass Prairie Barton 02/10/1981
Ripgut Prairie Bates 03/13/1987
Roaring River Cove Hardwoods Barry 06/05/1978
Rock Spring Bluff Barry 12/18/1973
Royal Gorge Iron 03/17/1973
Sand Ponds Ripley 03/13/1987
Schnabel Woods Boone 07/24/1978
Shaw Bottomland Forest Franklin 06/26/2003
Solomon Hollow Glades Phelps 12/15/2000
Spiderlily Ripley 01/30/2008
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