Corkwood Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Neelyville, west 0.50 mile on Highway 142.


This area is primarily forest with wetlands and grassland.

About This Area

Corkwood Conservation Area is in Butler County, about one mile west of Neelyville on Highway 142. The Conservation Department purchased this 434-acre area, which is one of the few remaining tracts of bottomland forest in southeastern Missouri, in 1984 in order to protect and manage its forest communities and the rare and endangered species they support.

This area contains part of an unusual sand dune field with many forested dunes that rise two-four feet above adjacent swales. The forested dunes support plant species often associated with upland areas, including white oak, sugar maple, black walnut, Kentucky coffeetree, sassafras, and pawpaw. Corkwood, a rare shrub found in wet swales on the area, has the lightest wood of any wood plant in North America and occurs in only three southeastern counties in Missouri. Other species found in the wet swales include buttonbush, willow, cottonwood, and swamp red maple.

The bottomland forest at Corkwood Conservation Area is dominated by willow oak and includes swamp red maple, hickories, sugarberry, green ash, overcup oak, winged elm, red mulberry, persimmon, and deciduous holly. Tree seedlings and acorns have been planted in most open fields to help restore the diverse forest communities that the land once supported. Over time, these areas will add to our dwindling supply of lowland bottomland forests.

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. 
Demonstrations  Bottomland hardwood forest management. 
Hiking  No designated 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-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel 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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  By special use permit. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
No Identified Features

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 394.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 20.00  
Wetland 20.00  
Total Area Acres:433.74 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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