Dark Hollow Natural Area

Driving Directions

From Green City, take Highway 129 north 1.25 miles, then take Hedge Drive north 2.10 miles.


This area is made up of mesic upland forest, dry-mesic upland forest, woodland, and savanna.

About This Area

This 315-acre area was purchased mostly in 1993 and designated a Natural Area in recognition of its diverse, old growth forest. Visitors to the area will notice a tremendous diversity of tree species such as red oak, basswood, sugar maple, and white oak to name a few. The forest also supports numerous wildflowers, including bloodroot, dutchman's breeches, liverleaf, and wild geranium.

The southern third of the area is being restored to a savanna-woodland unit. A combination of prescribed burning and mechanical thinning will be used to develop and maintain these diverse open and semi-open habitats. The area also supports various woodland bird species and small mammals.

Even though this is a Natural Area, it is open under statewide regulations except that it is prohibited to take wild greens and special deer regulations apply to this area.  Reference the fall deer and turkey hunting regulations pamphlet for specific regulations.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed on or adjacent to area parking lots. No camping along roadways. No amenities provided.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Except during firearms deer and turkey seasons.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
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   Small (5 car) parking lot is located adjacent to Hedge Drive which borders the west side of the area.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Dark Hollow 315.00 acres Natural areas provides addition information.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 235.00  
Savanna 80.00  
Total Area Acres:315.00 

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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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