Rush Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Accessible through the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, south of William Jewell College, take Jewell Street south 2 blocks, then Richfield Road east 0.50 mile, and LaFrenz Road north 0.25 mile.


This area contains forest and old fields. Facilities/features: picnic areas, pavilion, viewing deck, and a nature center.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC,Leased

  • Rush Creek CA is adjacent and only accessible through Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. Contact information for MLTNS: 816-781-8598, 407 N. LaFrenz RD, Liberty, MO 64068. Nature Sanctuary facilities include a parking lot, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, and visitor center.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Exhibits/Displays  In the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary Visitor Center. 
Hiking  Developed hiking trails exist on both properties. Detailed maps for both properties available at MLTNS Visitor Center. 
Nature Viewing  Spring Ephemerals along trails on both properties. Prairie planting on MLTNS property. 
Other  The Nature Sanctuary offers regularly scheduled interpretive programs to the public. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Other Stone Stairway Creek Access- 2 sets  Two sets of native stone stairs allow for access to Rush Creek. 
Viewing Deck/Toweraccessible   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Rush Creek 0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 20.00  
Forest and Woodland 20.00  
Total Area Acres:83.79 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
ADA Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.30 
South Meadow Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.70 
Rush Creek Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.70 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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