Barn Hollow Natural Area

Driving Directions

From Mountain View, take Route Y north 1 mile, then County Road 3530 north (right) 1.25 miles, then County Road 3940 east 1 mile.


This is a mostly forest area.

About This Area

Barn Hollow Conservation Area is located in Texas County, approximately three miles north of Mountain View.

Barn Hollow is the local name for a clear Ozark stream that drains directly into the Jacks Fork River. The 252-acre area is deeply dissected by the 1.2-mile canyon-like Barn Hollow.

The Conservation Department purchased the area in 1979. To protect the unique rugged topography and native flora, 115 acres of the tract were designated as a natural area.

Visitors may view the narrow, steep-walled hollow from a viewing platform located at the end of a one-half mile foot trail. The trail originates at the area parking lot, near the south boundary.

During your visit to the area, you may notice various wildlife habitat improvement projects in the old fields and young pine plantings.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Barn Hollow Natural Area.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Excellent opportunities to view spring migrants and summer breeders, especially around Barn Hollow Creek. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hiking  Unimproved trail leading from the parking lot to the overlook. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Old fields are managed for upland game. Annual foodplots are installed annually. 
Hunting-Rabbit Good 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  Wooden overlook. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    
Viewing Deck/Tower   At the end of hiking trail overlooking Barn Hollow. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Barn Hollow Natural Area 135.00 acres 180 acres total; 135 acres owned by MDC, 45 acres owned by National Park Service. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 202.00  
Old Field 50.00  
Total Area Acres:250.84 

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

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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