Danville Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From I-70 Danville exit 170, take the south outer road east 2 miles, then Route RB south 2 miles to the entrance.


This area is mostly woodlands and glades. Facilities/features: Danville Glades Natural Area (361 acres), primitive camping, and a fishable stream (Clear Creek).

About This Area

Danville Conservation Area is in Montgomery County, southeast of the community of Danville on Route RB. Mostly wooded, this 3,136 acre area features numerous narrow ridges between the tributaries of the Clear, Pinch, and Dishwater creeks.

Limestone glades, dry limestone/dolomite woodland, and dry sandstone woodland found on the area offer unique habitat for a flora that is very similar to the traditional Ozarks south of the Missouri River. The dry glades support pale-purple coneflower, glade coneflower, prairie clovers, and Indian paintbrush among many other species. The Danville Glades Natural Area is split with 48 acres being found near the northwest corner of the area and 313 acres on the east side of the area.

The north central tract was purchased in 1965. Historically known as "The Snake Ranch" because of the purported abundance of snakes. The large ridge on the east side of the area was locally known as "The Dog Farm" because fox and wolf hounds were bred and raised there in the 1920s. Additional land purchases, such as the Baldwin Annex (700 acres), the Thornhill and Shulze Annex (701 acres) and the Carlton Tract (198 acres) were made in 1982. In 2014, the Wansong Tract (492 acres) was purchased. Some portions of the area were donated to the Department while other portions were acquired through the Federal Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act funds administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The area is popular with deer and turkey hunters as well as native plant enthusiasts. The unique geologic formations exposed on the area are best seen in the fall through the spring.

Cedar removal and prescribed fires are frequently used to maintain the open woodland and glade communities.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Post Oak Camping Area has defined campsites. No amenities are provided. 
Hiking  Danville Glades Trail and additional hiking on area access trails. 
Hunting-Deer Good 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 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.  
Nature Viewing  Floral diversity high on area. Numerous opportunities to observe wildflowers. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Post Oak Camping Area  Has defined camping sites (6), fire rings and an ADA privy.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Danville Natural Area 361.00 acres Danville NA in two separate units. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Fishless Pond  37 14.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Pinch and Dishwater Creeks 3.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Clear Creek 0.25 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 166.00  
Other 250.00 Bottomland Forest 
Old Field 209.00  
Lakes/Ponds 14.00 all ponds are fishless 
Glade 318.00 Danville CA has many glades; all are not named due to their small size. 
Other 363.00 Upland Forest 
Grassland (non-prairie) 264.00  
Other 1552.00 Upland Woodland 
Total Area Acres:1733.49 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Danville Glades Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 3.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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