MDC to host first run, hike at Little Prairie CA’s nature trail Oct. 16 in Phelps County

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ROLLA, Mo. – Grab those hiking boots or running shoes and meet MDC staff and others for the first run/hike at 8 a.m. on Oct. 16 at Little Prairie Conservation Area’s (CA) nature trail.

“The 3.6-mile trail surrounds 97-acre Towell Lake and travels through different management regions of this 342-acre area,” said MDC Conservation Educator and event coordinator Dwight Warnke. “Signage is provided along the nature trail that describes management practices designed to enhance diversity and health of the Missouri native plants and animals living there.”

The run/hike will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to all ages. The first 100 finishers will receive an official MDC water bottle at the end of the race at 11 a.m.

Registration is required and can be completed in advance here, or on-site before the race on Oct. 16. The trail consists of unpaved trail with wooden bridges over stream crossings.

Little Prairie Conservation Area contains the 40-acre remnant Heilbrunn Prairie located along the southeast corner of the area, and a 3.6-mile hiking trail that winds through woodlands, restored grasslands, and pollinator plantings. The area also offers several recreational opportunities including fishing from the courtesy dock, lakeshore, or from your boat. Visitors can also hunt or hike the conservation area.

Questions about this event can be emailed to MDC Conservation Educator Dwight Warnke at

Discover MDC’s recommendations for more great places to hike online here.