ATTENTION AREA USERS: The CCC Camp (parking lot, trail and surrounding area) and Fife Bottom portions of Meramec Conservation Area will be closed from 2pm-10pm to all public use from February 8th-March 15th, 2017 in order for MDC staff to conduct Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management activities. During this area closure, MDC staff will be on site shooting deer in order to collect additional samples for CWD testing purposes.
From I-44 near Sullivan, take Highway 185 south 5 miles to the area sign.
This area is mainly forest. Facilities/features: viewing deck and a permanent stream (Meramec River).
Meramec Conservation Area is in Franklin County. Much of the land for the forest was purchased by the state between 1925 and 1930. In 1980, 166 additional acres were donated by Dorothy Hill in memory of Arthur Heyne.Sheer cliffs along the Meramec River form the western border of the area, affording a scenic view of the river valley and surrounding hills.The area contains six caves, a great blue heron rookery, abundant wildlife, and varying forest types, including plantations established on the site by the first state nursery.Other interesting attractions include the Reedville town site, a former CCC camp, Lone Hill Lookout Tower site, and old mines. The Conservation Department manages the area for a variety of uses and has implemented a number of different management techniques to create and improve habitat. During your visit to Meramec Conservation Area you may view timber stand improvement, timber harvest, glade restoration, prescribed burning, and tree planting.
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