Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Located west of the intersection of Hwy 76 and the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, the the 1,534 acre, Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area is operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. This facility provides the following free activities, Hiking, a viewing tower, nature trails, bird watching with a naturalist on duty, and several features such a Dewey Balk, Boulder Bald, Sammy Lane's Lookout,The Signal Tree, and Little Pete's Cave that were imortalized in Hrold Bell Wrights boo, "Shepherd of the Hills.".

For further information call 417-334-3324.

Hiking - The 1 2/3 mile long Steramside Trail leads from the parking olot across Boulder Bald and into Dewey Cove, taking about 1 hour to complete. The Galde Exploration Trail is a short 1 mile loop of the Streamside Trail. A shorter, 3/4 mile version leads to an overlook deck in the natural Area and back to the parking lot.

A 1/2 mile long ashphal trail leads to a 40 foot viewing tower atop Dewey Bal, which provides an excellent view of scenic Whitge River Hills.