The Chilton Creek Research and Demonstration Area is the largest Conservancy-owned property in Missouri at more than 5,500 acres. This site serves as an outdoor classroom to area school children as well as a safe habitat for a variety of plant and animal species.
It is a large landscape with diverse native habitats and community types that are representative of the rugged hills along the scenic Current River. Chilton Creek offers visitors an array of natural wonders to explore: woodlands, glades, springs, creeks
The preserve is characterized by rugged, steeply dissected valleys and hollows, and covered by a large expanse of relatively continuous woodland with small glades and fens. Spring and summer are prime viewing times. A high clearance two-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to access the preserve. High water from heavy rains can make the preserve inaccessible.
What the Conservancy is Doing
Working in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Conservancy has established Chilton Creek as a sort of "outdoor laboratory" for testing land management techniques, such as large-scale woodland fire. Our goal is to understand the relationship between biodiversity management and timber and wildlife
Hunting and Camping
Limited hunting and camping are permitted; contact TNC’s Van Buren office for additional information at (573) 323-8790) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.