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General Watkins Conservation Area

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General Watkins Conservation Area contains a forest type more closely resembling Appalachian than Missouri forests. Sweet gum, American beech, cucumber trees and tulip poplars are found here, along common Missouri species like white and red oak, maple, hickory and walnut.

This moist beech-oak forest has spicebush, dogwood and paw paw growing in the shrub layer. 

The ground layer, which is dominated by Virginia creeper and poison ivy, includes Christmas fern, broad beech fern, beech drops and Virginia pennywort.

The area offers camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. Natural erosion has created steep-sided canyons up to 50 feet deep. People walking near these canyons should be cautious.

The area is named for a famous Missouri statesman and Civil War general, Nathanial Watkins, who lived here and is buried in a small cemetery in the forest. The 1,108 acres are 14 miles north of Sikeston.


Highway 77
Oran, MO 63771

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Not Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only
Activities Within 10 Miles
Biking / Walking Trails
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages