Peter A. Eck Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Peter A. Eck Conservation Area is 12 miles northwest of Licking in Texas County. To reach it by boat or canoe on the Big Piney River, watch for yellow MDC signs posted there. To reach it by road (a high clearance vehicle is recommended), from Highway 32 take Route N northwest to Mooney Hollow Road (gravel), turn north and then northwest onto Eck Road which changes from a maintained gravel road to a dirt road.


It contains an old growth, pine-oak forest and Eck Natural Area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Canoeing  No access from this area. Big Piney River  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Suckers 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  A short designated trail. Hiking is also permissible on old logging roads. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer hunting by archery methods only. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Eck Memorial Natural Area 265.00 acres This old-growth chert forest is the best example of an old-growth pine stand known on MDC land. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent Big Piney River 0.75 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 370.00 Part of this forest contains an old growth pine/oak ecosystem 
Total Area Acres:370.88 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Eck Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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