Cedar Gap Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Mansfield, take Highway 60 west 4 miles, then Route O south 0.75 mile to the end of the pavement, continue on gravel road 0.25 mile to parking lot.


This is a forest area at the headwaters of Bryant Creek.

About This Area

Cedar Gap CA came into existence in 1999 thanks in large part to the dedication and commitment of a small group of private citizens from Springfield and the local community of Cedar Gap.

The Cedar Gap Plateau is recognized as the second highest point in the State of Missouri. From this large plateau, three large watersheds begin: Gasconade River, Finley River, and Bryant Creek.

At Cedar Gap CA, visitors can explore the headwaters of Bryant Creek, view limestone glades, and explore the oak/hickory forest. A gravel-surfaced trail leads from the parking lot to a valley overlook. This three-eighths mile trail can accommodate most hikers with some effort. For a more rugged hike, visitors can continue beyond the overlook and hike the 1.6 mile loop trail. While hiking or exploring, visitors will notice the remnants of a limestone quarry and limestone glades.

Management practices on the glades are conducted periodically to stimulate native plants and flowers, and to improve collared lizard habitat.

During most of the year, Bryant Creek is a peaceful bubbling brook. In periods of heavy rainfall, visitors should use caution when crossing the stream.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Hiking  1.6 mile loop. 
Hunting-Deer Fair 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 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 Lotaccessible  Gravel parking lot that has a concrete pad poured around the privy. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Headwaters of Bryant Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 280.00  
Glade 127.00  
Other 10.00 Abandoned rock quarry / roads  
Savanna 14.00  
Total Area Acres:431.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Cedar Gap Trail (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.60 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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