Hemenway Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Naylor, take Highway 142 south 0.50 mile, then Route H west 2.50 miles.


This area contains old fields, forest, and wetlands.

About This Area

This property was donated to the Department by the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) in 1992. Until acquired by FmHA in 1988, most of the area was farmed in milo, wheat, and soybeans.

With Department ownership most of the open farmland has been returned to a native forest condition. Giant cane grows along the south side of Birdslash Ditch. Approximately 165 acres of the area is forested. Twenty-seven acres in two wetlands were never cleared for agriculture and retains large mature trees. The state champion overcup oak is near the center of the property.

The wetlands support populations of four listed plant species including corkwood (Leitneria floridana), strawberry bush (Euonymus americanus), blunt mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum), and water oak (Quercus nigra).

Birdslash Ditch runs across the property. It is the only permanent water source on the property and is periodically dammed by beavers.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. Swamp rabbits common  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other  1.00 count State Champion Overcup Oak 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 27.00  
Forest and Woodland 138.00  
Old Field 7.00  
Total Area Acres:172.00 

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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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