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CANEY MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION AREA
Caney Mountain Conservation Area is located about 5 miles North of Gainesville, in Ozark County. It contains 7,899 acres and is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The deer and turkey populations in Missouri owe their re-establishment to the conservation work done here at Caney Mountain. Prior to 1940, when Caney Mountain Conservation Area was established, the population of deer and turkey in Missouri was almost non-existent. As deer and turkey were firmly established at Caney Mountain and the herds and flocks grew, they were trapped and transported throughout the state.
The Department of Conservation categorizes the land as follows: forest and woodland - 2,179 acres (including very old cedars and post oaks); glades - 1,410 acres; savannas - 3,974 acres. The term "savanna" refers to an area of widely spaced trees growing over a carpet of grass and wildflowers. There are also several springs, caves, seasonal creeks and tall peaks with magnificent panoramic views. Wildlife food plots with water have been established across the Conservation Area.
The Department of Conservation has done an excellent job of balancing the the task of land and wildlife conservation with public use. There are 20+ miles of roads laid out in connecting loops with side spurs. There are also hiking trails, camp sites, rifle and archery ranges. Recreational use includes horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, nature photography, picnicking, target shooting and hunting. There is also a special black powder hunt each year.
Caney Mountain Conservation Area is divided into 3 zones. Certain activities are allowed only in certain zones. This web page at the Department of Conservation will give you the rules and regulations governing public use. A larger version of the below map is available here.