Marguerite Bray Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Rolla I-44 exit 184, take Kingshighway east, then Bridge School Road (CR 7000) south 3 miles. The area is on the left.

Highlights

A scenic 2.50 mile loop hiking trail leads from the trail head west along the ridge top and returns along a wet weather creek bed. Although the trail is easy in most sections there are some areas of moderate difficulty, including a steep hill at the trail head. Along sections of the trail there are educational opportunities to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the Bray Conservation Area.

There is a nature explore area designed for younger children which includes a discovery zone, an action zone, a touch table with natural artifacts and a life-size eagle nest.

A pavilion is open for picnicking although there are no restrooms or trash containers.

About This Area

The Bray Area was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1995 by Mrs. Marguerite Bray in memory of her husband William “Bill” Bray and their two sons.  The purpose of the donation was to give the local community an area for nature education and recreation.

The 132 acre area consists of upland forest, an early successional field, a spring fed stream and pond, and a seasonal stream.  The forest contains primarily a mix of oaks and hickory, limestone glades and cliffs and sandstone glades.

A diversity of plants and animal habitats offer many educational opportunities for all ages.

General Information

Ozark

Phelps

573-368-2225

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Bird watching is encouraged.  The area features forest and woodland habitat as well as aquatic habitat along the pond, and streams.  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Other  Bray has an earthcache on site.  
Tours  School groups and youth groups visit the site for programs and hikes.  Teachers attend training on site for professional development.   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
OtheraccessibleBray House  Occasionally used for workshops and programs. 
Other Nature Explore area  There is a nature explore area designed for younger children which includes a discovery zone, an action zone, a touch table with natural artifacts and a life-size eagle nest.  
Parking Lot   1-Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad.  
Pavilionaccessible  A pavilion is open for picnicking although there are no restrooms or trash containers.  

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring Bray Spring  10.00 # gallons per day This location is used for stream ecology education. Spring flow varies.   
Spring  10.00 # gallons per day Spring flow varies.  
Stream - Permanent Unnamed tributary to Beaver Creek 0.33 miles A great place for stream life studies  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 129.00 Seven acres of old field is being reforested. 
Lakes/Ponds 1.00 Pond is spring fed 
Grassland (non-prairie) 1.00  
Total Area Acres:131.50 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Skink Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.10 
Full Moon Loop (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.00 
Bray Loop (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.30 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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