Mule Hollow Glade
Points of Interest:
- Hike the Ozark Trail along the ridge above Mule Hollow.
- See a variety of glade wildflowers all season long.
- Keep a lookout for woodland and glade birds.
Natural Features Description:
The dolomite glades here are formed on outcrops of the Gasconade formation from the Ordovician period. In the spring Indian paintbrush, shooting star, and Carolina larkspur bloom. Cylindrical blazing star, prairie dock, and calamint bloom in the summer. In the fall look for silky and sky blue asters. Bush’s skullcap, a species endemic to the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas can be seen here.
Along the glade margins white-eyed vireos and rufous sided towhees can be heard. In the woods turkey, summer tanager, blue-gray gnatcatcher and black-and-white warbler may be spotted. A variety of lizards use the glades including the prairie race runner.
Research conducted on fire scars recorded in tree rings has shown that in the 1800s fires swept through this area every five years on average. Today, tree thinning and controlled burning are used to manage the glades and their associated woodlands. This area has been the site of an active ecological restoration program.
This natural area is within Peck Ranch Conservation Area. From the junction of highways 19 and H in Winona, travel east 5 miles on Highway H to the conservation area’s entrance sign. Turn right (east) on County Road 311 (gravel) and travel for about 6.5 miles to a “T” intersection. Head left (east) and you will drive past the Peck Ranch area headquarters. Head east for about two miles. At the intersection of Service Road 10 and Service Road 1 you will be at the southern tip of the natural area. A map and compass are recommended to explore this area. Hunting and fishing are permitted. The Ozark Trail passes through the middle of the natural area.