Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Ironton, take Highway 21 south 4 miles. Take Route CC north to firetower, privy, etc.


This area is mostly forest. Facilities/features: picnic area, Royal Gorge Natural Area, and St. Francois Mountains Natural Area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good for glade and forest birds. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Allowed all year. 
Hiking  Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail passes through area. For map visit Area access trails also open to hiking. Also Royal Gorge Trail 2.30 miles  moderate to difficult.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special use permit required. 

Go to Top of Page

Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fire Tower Taum Sauk Tower  Highest lookout tower in Missouri. 
Parking Lotaccessible  1-Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad. 
Picnic Table    

Go to Top of Page

Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Royal Gorge Natural Area 80.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Designated Natural Area St. Francois Mountains Natural Area 1600.00 acres Another 5,428 acres, owned by the Dept. of Natural Resources, is part of the natural area. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Other Ozark Trail 1.00 count  

Go to Top of Page

Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Glade 76.00  
Forest and Woodland 4800.00  
Total Area Acres:4877.05 

Go to Top of Page

Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Ozark Trail (Reynolds Co.) (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 3.00 
Royal Gorge Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.30 
Ozark Trail (Iron Co.) (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 3.20 

Go to Top of Page

Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

Go to Top of Page