The area is mostly forested, but also includes food plots, ponds.
The area contains an intricate mosaic of dolomite glades and chert savannas with open-grown trees on exposed slopes. The canopy of the slopes is dominated by post, black, white, and blackjack oaks and hickories. The ground cover of the glades and savannas includes little bluestem, big bluestem, sideoats, grama and Indian grasses and wildflowers, such as white and purple prairie clovers and pale purple coneflower. Dolomite bedrock outcrops and ledges are scattered throughout the glades.
Formerly, the area was the site of the Sligo Iron Company. Heavy cutting of cordwood to fuel the smelters depleted local timber supplies, eventually forcing the iron works to close.
Private owners acquired the Indian Trail area in 1906 for use as rangeland. Grazing and burning to encourage grass growth continued until the state purchased the tracts comprising the area from 1924 to 1927, largely in an effort to control wildfires.
One route of the Trail of Tears went through Indian Trail Conservation Area. Markers and a plaque depict the Indians' trail and describes their ordeal.
From 1930 until 1960, the area served as a game refuge, providing deer and turkey for the state's restocking programs.
Civilian Conservation Corps crews, based at the area from 1933 to 1946, built most of the area's 55 miles of access roads, constructed the pond and planted pine trees in many of the open areas.
During your visit to Indian Trail Conservation Area, you may view various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat, maintain watershed quality and enhance tree growth, quality, and species composition. Any change in forest and woodland structure is temporary as removed vegetation is quickly replaced by vigorous growth.
- Sunday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 105 Title; Authority
Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area. The information provided reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code or call the phone number listed for the area in the area details section.
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 110 General Provisions
Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, water skiing, and fires outside of designated camping areas.
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 115 Closings
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 135 Wild Plants, Plant Products, and Mushrooms
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 130 Vehicles, Bicycles, Horses, and Horseback Riding
Unless otherwise posted, bicycles are allowed on roads open to vehicular traffic. Bicycles must stay on roads open to vehicular traffic or on multi-use trails posted as open to bicycles. Groups of 10 or more people using bicycles on a department area must obtain a special use permit from the area manager. The area manager can be contacted at the phone number listed in the area details section for this department area.
Equestrian use is allowed on roads open to vehicular traffic. Horses must stay on roads open to vehicular traffic or on multi-use trails posted as open to horses. Groups of 10 or more people using horses on a department area must obtain a special use permit from the area manager. The area manager can be contacted at the phone number listed in the area details section for this department area.
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 140 Camping
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 150 Target Shooting and Shooting Ranges
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 120 Pets and Hunting Dogs
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 180 Hunting, General Provisions and Seasons
Hunting is prohibited on some conservation areas, but allowed on others. Special regulations may apply to hunting. To determine the hunting regulations for this conservation area, consult the Missouri Code of State Regulations in Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code at https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3c10-11.pdf.
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 145 Tree Stands
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 155 Decoys and Blinds
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 125 Field Trials
6201 - 3CSR 10-11 - 200 Fishing, General Provisions and Seasons
Fishing is prohibited on some conservation areas, but allowed on others. Special regulations may apply to fishing. To determine the fishing regulations for this conservation area, consult the Missouri Code of State Regulations in Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code.