Huckleberry Ridge Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Pineville, take Route K east 4 miles.

Highlights

This is a forest area with several small ponds.

About This Area

Huckleberry Ridge Conservation Area is in southern McDonald County, east of Pineville. Visitors can access the area from several area roads that originate from Route K.

This 2,106-acre area is almost entirely forested. Purchased in the early 1960's and originally named Huckleberry Ridge State Forest, this area was the first large forested tract acquired by the Conservation Department in southwest Missouri.

The forest primarily consists of oaks and hickories with a few scattered groves of shortleaf pine. Huckleberry Ridge Conservation Area is on the edge of the range for shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine. The species used to be more abundant. In fact, the nearby community of Pineville was named for the abundance of pines in the nearby hills at the time of settlement.

Indiscriminate cutting in the 1800's and past land use practices have significantly reduced the occurrence of short leaf pine in this region of Missouri. The Conservation Department is seeding and planting new pines and encouraging natural reproduction of existing pines on the area.

According to legend, locals used to harvest huckleberries, a type of blueberry belonging to the Vaccinium family in this area.

Ozark chinkapin, native to only five counties in Missouri, is also found on the area. Ozark chinkapin, a close relative of the American chestnut, has also been ravaged by the chestnut blight since the late 1800's.

General Information

Southwest

McDonald

417-895-6880

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bicycling   
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided.  
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided.  
Hiking   
Horseback Riding   
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot  13   

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres Small waterholes  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Glade 5.00  
Forest and Woodland 2080.00  
Other 10.10  
Old Field 11.00  
Total Area Acres:2106.10 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Huckleberry Ridge Trail (Difficult) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 17.30 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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