Knob Lick Towersite

Driving Directions

From Farmington, take Highway 67 south 10 miles, then Canterberry County Road west for about 0.25 mile, then Knob Lick Tower Road northwest to the area.


This is a predominantly forest area.

About This Area

Knob Lick Towersite is an 80-acre towersite purchased from the U.S. Forest Service for use as a fire detection tower to locate wildfires in southern St. Francois and northern Madison counties. Although used regularly in the past, the tower is only seldom used now because few wild areas exist within the tower's viewing range. However, the tower continues to provide a commanding view of the area.

Located just off Highway 67, between Farmington and Fredericktown and near the community of Knob Lick, the site is a popular stop for road weary drivers. The view of the flatwoods valley from the tower is beautiful. A small granite glade provides a panoramic view of the same area for those who prefer to sightsee from the ground.

This rocky, granite glade is the open area just south of the lookout tower. It is covered with little bluestem and Indian grass, as well as many wildflowers, such as tickseed, pine-weed, and sunflowers.

This glade is being managed with prescribed fire to prevent woody trees and shrubs from closing in the open glade area. Glades provide important habitat for turkey and quail and are homes for eastern collared lizards and flathead snakes. Many songbirds, such as red-eyed vireos and indigo buntings, live on or near glades.

General Information


Saint Francois


Owned by MDC

  • GPS Coordinates  N37*39.830', W090*23.093'

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Hiking  Short disabled accessible trail. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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 Lotaccessible  One Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad.  
Picnic Tableaccessible   
Viewing Deck/Tower Knob Lick Fire Tower   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Glade Knob Lick Glade 15.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 65.00  
Glade 15.00  
Total Area Acres:80.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Disabled accessible trailaccessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.03 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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