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CLIFTY CREEK CONSERVATION (AND NATURAL) AREA
Edge Wade, November 2010
486 acres  Maries Co.  DeLorme 46, F-3
GPS:  38.0268861801,-91.9866789912
Map:  http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/documents/area_brochures/7309map.pdf
Part (286 acres) owned by MDC, part (the 200 -acre Natural Area) leased from the L-A-D Foundation; for information call 573-884-6861
 
Directions:  From Vienna, go south on MO 28 beyond Big Bend to Rt. W.  From Dixon (about 6 miles), go north on MO 28 to Rt. W.  Go east on Rt. W to its end (road becomes Maries CR 511).  The area’s one parking lot is on the left.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Anytime.  Nesting birds include swallows, nightjars, Ovenbirds and Kentucky Warblers, and woodpeckers.
 
Features of interest to birders:  A 2.5 mile loop trail is reached a tenth of a mile from the parking lot.  Turn right onto the 1 mile southern route to the 40-foot natural arch, or left onto the northern 1.4 mile route to the arch.  The trail leads through dense oak-hickory and bottomland forest, limestone and sandstone glades and along cliffs.
 
Toilets:  None
 
Camping:  A  small primitive site at the parking lot; walk-in, backpack camping is permitted
 
Hazards/Limitations:  Rugged terrain (trail rated moderately difficult).
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  Bell Chute Access, Spring Gap CA, Rinquelin Trail Lake CA, Dixon Towersite.