Blue Spring Branch Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Perryville, take Highway 61 north, then Route V north until the pavement ends, and follow County Road 916 into the area.

Highlights

This forest area contains a sinkhole resurgence at the base of a 50-foot limestone bluff. Rocks fall into the basin and are tumbled smooth by water that resurfaces up into the resurgence after heavy rain.

About This Area

Ball Mill Resurgence is a small tract of upland forest that contains multiple sinkholes and a large resurgance.  The resurgence is fed by many sinkholes in the area, and flows after heavy rains.  This is a very good example of the sinkhole topography that is common in this area of Perry County.  The forest is a mature mixed oak-hickory forest that has a good diversity of plants.

General Information

Southeast

Perry

573-290-5730

Leased

  • Owned by the L-A-D Foundation and managed by the Missouri Conservation Department.
  •  LAT37d48m11.51s(37.803) LONG -89D53M08.34S(-89.886)

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hiking  Interpretive loop trail 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Ball Mill Resurgence 20.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Other Ball Mill Resurgence (sinkhole spring) 0.00 count Several sinkholes, one resurgence.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Total Area Acres:276.96 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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