Places to Go: Little Indian Creek Conservation Area

By Larry Archer | April 1, 2023
From Missouri Conservationist: April 2023

Little Indian Creek Conservation Area

Trails. Trails. Trails.

With more than 20 miles of multiuse trails and access roads, there are very few of Little Indian Creek Conservation Area’s (CA) more than 4,200 acres that are not accessible by foot, horseback, or bike.

“We have a 10.5-mile multiuse trail open to hikers, bicyclists, and horses that gets quite a bit of use,” said MDC Forester Matt Pilz. “That’s a pretty good way to see most of the area. You’re going to be able to see a variety of different habitats, from open woodlands and rocky glades to deep interior forest conditions. You’ll be able to see a lot of the habitat work that we’ve done along those trails, whether it be woodland restoration thinning and prescribed burning or timber harvest work.”

Located in Franklin and Washington counties, Little Indian Creek CA offers visitors more than the opportunity to hike, bike, and ride, Pilz said.

“It would be a great area to go birding as well, because we have that variety of habitat. There’s interior forest, more open glade and woodland, as well as some open ground,” he said. “So, I’ve seen quite a few different species there.”

The area also offers an unstaffed rifle and pistol range with varying target distances and a shotgun range.


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