Nature July 06, 2016
This Little Known Natural Oasis Is Hiding In Missouri… And You’re Going To Love It
There’s always more natural beauty to discover in Missouri. No matter where you are in the state, The
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is worth a trip. This hidden oasis is truly a Missouri gem not to be missed!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Located in Puxico, in the south of the state, the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1944 under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
It’s an important resting and wintering spot for waterfowl and migratory birds and was also created for the preservation of bottomland hardwood forest.
The spot is located in Mingo Basin, what was once, many moons ago, a channel of the Mississippi River.
Its nearly 22,000 acres include a 7,730-acre Wilderness Area, where fishing, hiking, photography and even hunting are encouraged.
You also can kayak and canoe the Mingo River, Stanley Creek, Monopoly Mash and more.
If going by foot is more your thing, there are more than 50 miles of trails, including an easy, wheelchair-accessible Swampland Nature Trail, a 1-mile loop through the Bottomland forest.
Driving is also an option. Take the Ozark Highlands Auto Tour Route, which has four overlooks, to enjoy the scenic views.
No matter what time of year you visit, there’s something to see. In January, there are bald eagles. In, spring, wildflowers. In summers, birds and deer. In November, bobcats.
In total, more than 245 bird species have been recorded here.
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