Loess hills offer river valley views.
By Larry Archer
Before spring and its accompanying foliage arrives, visitors have one last chance — at least for another year — to see something pretty impressive from the bluffs of Riverbreaks Conservation Area (CA) in northwest Missouri.
“It’s got great views, especially in the wintertime when the leaves are off,” said Lonnie Messbarger, resource forester and Riverbreaks CA manager. “We’ve got several trails, service roads that act as trails, so folks can have easy access for hunting, or just to go look out over the Missouri River floodplain, because you can see into Kansas and Nebraska on the right day.”
Located in Holt County, the 2,307-acre area offers roughly equal parts oak and hickory hardwood forests and open areas, including grasslands, crop fields, and remnant prairie. Its shooting range, multi-use trails (open to both equestrians and bicyclists), and several stocked fishing ponds make it a day trip destination, while its proximity to Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge also makes it a great addition to a longer, outdoor venture. In February, opportunities abound for birders looking for winter migrants.
“Bald eagles are pretty common because of the steepness of the land, and they get a good view of everything,” Messbarger said.
Riverbreaks Conservation Area consists of two tracts totaling 2,306 acres in Holt County. To the east tract, take Highway 59 east from Oregon, then take Route O south 3.25 miles to the highway sign. To the west tract, take the same route as above, but continue south on Route O, and then take Route T 1.5 miles to the area.
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