Little Sac Woods Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Willard, take Route Z north 6.5 miles, then Route BB east (right) 2 miles, then Farm Road 115 south (right) 0.80 miles to area.


This area is mostly forested with upland woodland, savanna, bottomland forest, and glade communities. Facilities/features: primitive camping and a permanent stream (Little Sac River).

About This Area

Little Sac Woods Conservation Area is in Greene County, approximately nine miles northwest of Springfield and seven miles east of Walnut Grove.

This 772-acre area can be reached from Farm Road 115. From Springfield, take Highway 13 north to Route BB and watch for the Conservation Department cantilevered sign. From Walnut Grove, take Route BB east and watch from the sign.

Approximately 90 percent of the area is forested. Non-forested areas are composed of old fields and wildlife food plots. Several small ponds provide wildlife watering holes and very limited fishing opportunities.

The area is home to numerous wildlife species, including deer, turkey, squirrel, and raccoon. Food plots, forest thinning, and small forest clearings are designed to improve wildlife habitat.

Wildflowers and grasses grow in several small dolomite glades in the northwest part of Little Sac Woods. There is a 20-acre savanna/glade unit undergoing restoration in the western part of the area. Several prairie-like areas with native grasses are within the eastern portion of the conservation area.

A small segment of Little Sac River traverses the area, though access to the water is difficult. 7.30-miles of hiking trails meander through the forest and old fields.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply.  Groups of 10 or more need a special use permit.  Contact the Area Manager.  
Demonstrations  Forest management, glade, and woodland restoration.  
Hiking  7.30 miles of designated hiking trails.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Spring  1.00 # gallons per day Wet Weather 
Stream - Intermittent  1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Little Sac River 0.25 miles Very difficult access. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Glade 50.00  
Old Field 60.00  
Savanna 22.00  
Forest and Woodland 640.00  
Total Area Acres:772.35 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Spring Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.70 
Boundary Line Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.70 
Thong Tree Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.70 
Glade Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.70 
Oak-Hickory Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.20 
Savannah Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.30 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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