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This area is located in southeastern Ripley County, 4.5 miles south of Naylor on County Road W. Sand Pond Conservation Area offers good opportunities for hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities.
The ponds and their banks support many rare and endangered species, including corkwood, the western mud snake and a federally endangered shrub called pondberry.
A 68-acre portion of Sand Pond Conservation Area and the TNC Sand Ponds Preserve is designated as a Missouri Natural Area. Natural Areas are biological communities or geologic sites that are protected and managed to perpetuate the natural character, diversity, and ecological processes of Missouri’s native landscapes.