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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.

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Follow these guidelines to help keep our Natural Areas pristine.

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See the latest edition of this annual Missouri Natural Areas Newsletter for information on natural areas, natural community management, and biological diversity conservation news!

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Map of Natural Areas in Missouri

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Natural Areas

Displaying 1 - 10 of 181
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
52.00
Owner
MDC
US Army Corps of Engineers
Contact
MDC Southwest Regional Office
Contact Phone
417-895-6880
Ava Glades Natural Area
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
5251.00
Owner
Mark Twain National Forest
Contact
Mark Twain National Forest
Contact Phone
417-683-4428
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
17.00
Owner
MO Department of Natural Resources
Contact
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State park
Contact Phone
636-458-3813
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
332.00
Owner
US Forest Service
Contact
Mark Twain National Forest – Eleven Point District
Contact Phone
573-996-2153
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
19.00
Owner
L-A-D Foundation
Contact
MDC Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
795.00
Owner
National Park Service
MDC
Contact
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Department of Conservation – Ozark Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-323-4236, 417-256-7161
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
76.00
Owner
MDC
Contact
Missouri Department of Conservation – Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
190.00
Owner
MDC
National Park Service
Contact
MDC Ozark Regional Office, Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Contact Phone
417-256-7161, 573-323-4236
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
35.00
Owner
MDC
Contact
MDC Southeast Regional Office
Contact Phone
573-290-5730
Designated as a natural area since
County
Acreage
5.00
Owner
DNR
Contact
Bennett Spring State Park
Contact Phone
417-532-4338