Buffalo Hills Natural Area

Driving Directions

From Goodman, take Route B west about 9 miles.


This area is largely forest.

About This Area

Buffalo Hills Natural Area is a 486-acre tract about nine miles west of Goodman in McDonald County.

The land for this area was acquired in 1984.

The area is forested in oak, hickory, eastern red cedar, and other species native to this region.

A 340-acre portion has been designated as Buffalo Hills Natural Area. Natural Areas are formally established by the Missouri Natural Areas Committee and represent terrestrial or aquatic communities or geologic sites in a natural or nearly undisturbed state. Natural areas are permanently protected and managed to preserve these natural communities.

The Buffalo Hills Natural Area is characterized by old growth black oak with a heavy understory of dogwood. The boundaries of this area are marked with Natural Area signs.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. No amenities provided. 
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 Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Buffalo Hills Natural Area 340.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas. Designated for its old-growth black oak dry-mesic chert forest  
Fishless Pond  0.25 acres Very small waterholes  
Spring  10.00 # gallons per day Flow varies.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 9.50  
Grassland (non-prairie) 16.00  
Forest and Woodland 461.00  
Total Area Acres:486.50 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Buffalo Hills Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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