Birding Site Guide to Clifty Creek CA Printable Site Guide 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.