Blue Spring Branch Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Perryville, take Highway 61 north, then Route V north until the pavement ends, and follow County Road 916 into the area.


This forest area contains a sinkhole resurgence at the base of a 50-foot limestone bluff. Rocks fall into the basin and are tumbled smooth by water that resurfaces up into the resurgence after heavy rain.

About This Area

Blue Spring Branch CA is a 91 acre area that consists of small open fields and forested tracts that are representative of the Perry County Karst Plains.  The Conservation area is dotted with several sinkholes that are an integral part of Perry County's karst resources.  The area features Ball Mill Resurgence Natural Area.  The resurgence is fed by many sinkholes in the area, and flows after heavy rains.  This is a very good example of the sinkhole topography that is common in this area of Perry County.  The forest is a mature mixed oak-hickory forest that has a good diversity of plants.

General Information





  • Owned by the L-A-D Foundation and managed by the Missouri Conservation Department.
  •  LAT37d48m11.51s(37.803) LONG -89D53M08.34S(-89.886)

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hiking  Interpretive loop trail 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair 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
Parking Lot    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Ball Mill Resurgence 20.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Other Ball Mill Resurgence (sinkhole spring) 0.00 count Several sinkholes, one resurgence.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 1.00  
Total Area Acres:279.81 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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