Victoria Glades Conservation Area


Hunters need to be aware of No Shooting Zones in areas next to neighboring homes.

Driving Directions

From Hillsboro, take Victoria Road southeast 1.50 miles.


This area consists of glades and forest.

About This Area

The Victoria Glades are part of a large complex of glades starting just east of the Big River near Morse Mill and extending eastward, beyond Hillsboro and Desoto, to Festus, then south into Ste. Genevieve County. This large complex of glades occurs in a band two to five miles wide. The Victoria Glades Area is composed of 239 acres within this large band. These glades are principally on Jefferson City-Cotter dolomite of Ordivician age.

A similar concentration of glades occurs in southern Missouri in the White River Hills region. In this region the glades typically occur on steep slopes of hills, often extending to the tops of knobs, forming "balds."

The Jefferson County glades are commonly found on south and southwest-facing slopes with forested ridges and are characterized by thin soil and bedrock at or near the surface. Water saturates the ground in winter and spring, but soils become droughty in summer and fall. Grasses and broad-leaved, flowering plants are plentiful. Little bluestem, Indian grass, side oats grama, big bluestem, and prairie dropseed are common grasses. Scores of non-grass species provide food for wildlife and add beautiful color to the glades during seasonal peaks. These glade communities are maintained by periodic prescribed fire and cedar removal. Small pockets of dry upland forest dominated by blackjack oak are also established here.

Other trees and shrubs found on the glades include eastern red cedar, gum bumelia, post oak, flowering dogwood, Indian cherry, and fragrant sumac. Forest vegetation surrounds the open glade areas and many kinds of snakes and lizards as well as larger animals, such as deer and turkey, live in this area.

General Information

St. Louis



Owned by MDC

  • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations Information booklet.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Glade and woodland species throughout the year. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Demonstrations  Woodland and Glade restoration using prescribed fire, cedar removal, and hardwood tree thinning.    
Hiking  2.3 mile loop trail through glade and woodland. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.  
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  In the spring (May-early June) the wildflowers and forbs bloom making the glade ideal for hiking and looking for wildflowers  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Intermittent  1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 100.00  
Glade 139.00  
Other 0.32  
Total Area Acres:239.32 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.30 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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