Rockwoods Range

Driving Directions

From Interstate 44 in Eureka, take exit 261 (Allenton-Six Flags), then go north on Allenton Road briefly and take an immediate left on Fox Creek; stay on Fox Creek for 2 miles.

About This Area

The 1,453-acre Rockwoods Range was acquired by the Conservation Department in 1943, thanks in large part to A.P. Greensfelder, who donated the land to preserve it in public ownership. Mr. Greensfelder was one of the first four people appointed to serve on the Conservation Commission.

Rockwoods Range lies in the Ozark border region, a broad transition zone where the Ozarks blend into eastern and northern regions. Ozark-like hills and hollows occur along the streams, but soils are often derived from loess (wind-blown soil) and are usually deeper and more fertile than those in the Ozarks. The ranges of many plants and animals overlap here.

The area is mostly forested, but glades and other natural communities also occur. Springs, limestone rock outcrops, and sinkholes are common on the area.

Rockwoods Range is accessible via the three multi-use trails or the Green Rock hiking trail. Scenic overlooks, woodland wildlife, and other interesting features are found along the trails, including a memorial where a uniquely designed round house that Greensfelder built as a summer cottage once stood.

The area supports good populations of deer, turkey, squirrels, raccoons, fox, and songbirds. Management of this area focuses on controlling invasive plants, reforesting old fields, and other practices to promote healthy wildlife habitat.

General Information

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Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Allowed on multi-use trails only.  
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Horseback Riding  Allowed on multi-use trails only. 
Hunting-Deer  Managed deer hunts only. Hunters must apply for a permit through the managed hunt drawing system. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot   Two parking lots open year round on Fox Creek Road, and one parking lot off Hencken Road open during managed deer hunts only. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Round House Memorial Site 0.00 count Site where A.P. Greensfelder's summer cottage once stood. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1433.80  
Grassland (non-prairie) 8.41  
Total Area Acres:1453.36 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Green Rock Trail (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.90 
Fox Creek Spur Trail (Difficult) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 0.60 
Round House Loop Trail (Difficult) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 3.00 
Fox Run Trail (Difficult) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 3.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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