Pea Ridge Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Pea Ridge Conservation Area consists of several tracts and is marked with a sign on Highway 185 between Sullivan and Potosi.


This area is mostly forest. It contains Hi Pointe Lake (two acres, fishable).

About This Area

Pea Ridge Conservation Area is in Washington County. The area consists of four tracts of land, the largest of which straddles Highway 185, midway between Sullivan and Potosi. The 1,058-acre Hi Pointe tract is bisected by Pelican Ridge Road off of Route T. The 1,045-acre Route F Unit is accessed from Route F and Sugar Loaf Road, and the 720-acre Metcalf School Unit is accessed from Lodge Road off of Route W.

The Conservation Department began purchasing land for the Pea Ridge Conservation Area in 1946 with the bulk of the main tract acquired in the 1970s. Pittman-Robertson funds allowed the purchase of 265 acres in 1978.

At one time, the Jefferson City Trail ran through the main tract. The Rock Springs General Store and Post Office were once located on the trail.

The forest is composed of oak, hickory, pine, and associated species. Cedar is found in glade areas, and bottomland hardwoods are found along streams.

The main tract includes a fen, four springs, a sinkhole, a dolomite cliff, 10 dolomite glades, and over three miles of Indian Creek, an Ozark headwater stream.

Moisture loving plants, such as hydrangea, common fragile fern, pawpaw, basswood, and wild ginger, grow at the base of the dolomite cliff. Drought-tolerant plants, such as little bluestem, side oats grama grass, Missouri black-eyed Susan and pale purple coneflower, grow on the dolomite glades.

Visitors to the main area will find several primitive camping areas, six parking lots and five access roads.

The Hi Pointe unit has a camping spot, three parking lots, and a two-acre fish pond.                                                                Management on the area may include harvesting timber, timber stand improvement, glade restoration, prescribed burning and tree planting. 

General Information

St. Louis



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Fair 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 Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair 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
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot  10   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Hi Pointe Lake 2.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Floyd Hollow 0.90 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Brown Hollow 1.20 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Sugar Camp Hollow 1.60 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Bainey Hollow 0.40 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Burgwich Hollow 0.30 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Emily Hollow 1.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Sycamore Hollow 0.50 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Mill Branch 0.10 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Little Sugar Camp Hollow 1.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Day Hollow 1.30 miles  
Stream - Permanent Indian Creek 3.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Brushy Fork 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Little Courtois Creek 1.20 miles  
Stream - Permanent Northcut Branch 0.80 miles  
Wildlife Watering Hole  38 4.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Other 17.23  
Lakes/Ponds 2.00  
Forest and Woodland 8014.00  
Old Field 210.00  
Glade 36.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 100.00  
Crop Land 10.00  
Total Area Acres:8389.23 

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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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