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
Vilander Bluff Crawford 12/17/1993
Wah-Sha-She Prairie Jasper 10/22/1975
Washington State Park Hardwood Washington 07/23/1985
Weldon Spring Hollow St. Charles 06/16/1983
Wells Branch Fen Ripley 01/24/1986
Western Star Flatwoods Phelps 10/24/2011
Westport Island Lincoln 11/16/1984
Whetstone Creek Callaway 06/16/1983
White River Balds Taney 04/18/1983
Wildcat Glade Newton 02/17/1984
Wolf Bayou Pemiscot 06/27/1972
Yellow Creek Chariton 08/29/1989
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/2453