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
Chariton River Hills Macon 10/07/2005
Castor River Shut-Ins Madison 01/29/1993
Cash Swamp Dunklin 04/16/1975
Carman Springs Howell 08/26/1994
Cardareva Bluff Shannon 11/16/1984
Caney Mountain Ozark 06/26/1990
Butler Hollow Glades Barry 09/06/1990
Bur-Reed Slough Pike 09/25/1974
Buffalo Hills McDonald 06/28/1985
Bryant Creek Douglas 12/18/1973
Brushy Pond Oregon 06/26/1990
Brush Creek St. Clair 11/16/1984
Brickyard Hill Loess Mound Atchison 03/25/1972
Brickey Hills Ste. Genevieve 08/25/2008
Bradyville Stoddard 03/23/1972
Botkins Pine Woods Ste. Genevieve 11/30/1981
Bona Glade Dade 02/16/1979
Blue Spring Shannon 06/27/1972
Blue River Glades Jackson 01/21/1983
Blue Pond Bollinger 10/24/1977
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