The Chilton Creek Research and Demonstration Area is a large landscape with diverse native habitats and community types that are representative of the rugged hills along the scenic Current River. At over 5,500 acres, Chilton Creek offers visitors an array of natural wonders to explore: woodlands, glades, springs, creeks and fens.
Floristically, it is one of the most biologically rich landscapes in Missouri, harboring more than 700 species of flowering plants. Additionally, a rich collection of native plants and animals can be found here, including dozens of breeding neotropical migratory birds and half of the known snail species in Missouri.
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 an 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 interests—and to export this knowledge to partners and landowners in the Ozarks.