Hayes Spring Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Hurley, take Route A east 1.50 miles, then Twilight Drive east 1.30 miles, and Hayes Spring Road south 0.50 miles to area.

About This Area

Hayes Spring Conservation Area was purchased in 2005. The area contains Hayes Spring Cave and Spring which discharges into Dry Crane Creek.

Dry Crane Creek enters the area in the northwest corner and generally runs southeast, exiting at the south boundary.

Approximately half of the area is forested. The other half of the area is in fields.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • All caves on this and other Conservation Areas are currently closed or restricted to public access. The fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome in bats was found in Missouri in 2010, resulting in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s White-nose Syndrome Action Plan that limits public access to protect bats. WNS can be spread from cave to cave by bats or possibly on the gear of explorers. Privately owned caves are not affected by this Plan.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Hiking  One-half-mile linear trail  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.  
Hunting-Other Fair population. Hunting of small game 
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot   Small, 5 to 6 car gravel parking lot  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring Hayes Spring  259200.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Permanent Dry Crane Creek 0.60 miles  
Stream - Permanent Hayes Spring Branch 0.20 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 8.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 38.00  
Forest and Woodland 58.00  
Total Area Acres:104.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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