Special Places

Natural Areas

Natural areas, 19 with in the boundary of the Forest, which are some of the best examples of high quality natural communities in the state. They are permanently protected and managed to preserve their natural qualities. Natural Areas are on public and private land. The Missouri Natural Areas Committee (MONAC), which oversees the system, has representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. (more)

Wilderness Areas

Wilderness is a natural area affected primarily by the forces of nature with little evidence of man's works -- where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. Many individuals seek out its peace and solitude, yet it has different meanings and values to different people depending on whether they are backpackers, hunters, photographers, or hikers. (more)

Eleven Point National Scenic River

The Eleven Point National Scenic River was established in 1968 as a 44 mile float river, free of impoundments with a largely undeveloped shoreline and watershed. This portion of the river between Thomasville, Missouri and the Highway 142 bridge in near Gatewood, Missouri became one the 8 initial units of the National Wild and Scenic River system in 1968. The Eleven Point River meanders through the picturesque Ozark hills of southern Missouri. Its course is cut in the shadows of steep bluffs, through sloping forested valleys and low lying riparian ecosystems. (more)

Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources are the physical remains of past human activity. They can be sites or districts and are prehistoric or historic-they must be at least 50 years old, but the oldest sites in North America are upwards of 12,000 years old. Cultural Resources are important reminders of the ways people have lived and coped with their world through time. They offer us a glimpse into the past. The Mark Twain National Forest manages cultural resources within the Heritage Resources Program, a comprehensive program of responsibilities related to past human interaction with the land. The purpose is to protect historic properties (cultural resources), share their values with the American people, and contribute relevant information and perspectives to natural resource management. (more)

Glade Top Trail, Forest Service National Scenic Byway, interpretive tour

Glade Top Trail, is a National Forest Scenic Byway that offers spectacular views of Missouri's forested hill country.  This 23 mile Scenic Byway is named for the beautiful glades that surround the ridge tops it traverses. Get even more from your visit to the trail by visiting our Glade Top Trail Interpretive Tour either on the GTT via your mobile device, or before you head out into the Forest.