Roger V. and Viola Wachal Smith Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Centertown, take Route NN north 2.50 miles, then Pea Ridge Road west 0.25 mile, and north on Bird Haven Road.


This area is mostly forest with an intermittent stream (Turtle Branch).

About This Area

This area was donated to the Department in 1993 by Mrs. Smith with the intention that the area being used for public hiking, hunting, camping and a place where people could enjoy nature through recreational activities. Since the Department took ownership, a cedar harvest was conducted on ~100 acres of old field in order to restore native grasslands and glades back to the landscape. Furthermore, ~250 acres of woodland has been thinned and burned in order to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. Lastly, the remaining old fields in the middle of the area are being improved through fire, over seeding with native grasses and forbs, and are being treated for invasive species. Hiking and wildlife viewing are good activities on the area, and hunting pressure is fairly low.  

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Good 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 Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good 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  6.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Turtle Spring Branch 0.75 miles  
Stream - Intermittent  1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 330.00  
Crop Land 70.00  
Glade 6.00  
Native Prairie 60.00  
Old Field 50.00  
Total Area Acres:516.70 

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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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