Wild Haven Nature Area is a 103-acre tract on the northeast edge of Columbia consisting mainly of mature forest along a mile-long reach of Hinkson Creek. The area includes an extensive trail system and some high-quality natural habitats, including a small remnant prairie and sandstone glades, as well as a former Christmas tree plantation and two small ponds. Areas are being managed to restore natural habitats, remove exotic plants, and establish habitat demonstration areas.


O’Rear Road & Hinkson Creek, Boone County, MO


Wild Haven Nature Area is open for public use, with restrictions.

To get to Wild Haven, take Route B north of US 63. After crossing RR tracks (about 1 mile), turn right on Brown Station Road. Stay on this road through stop sign, then take first right turn onto O’Rear Road. Follow O’Rear until it turns to gravel, then look for the Wild Haven sign and gate on the right (about a mile from Brown Station).


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John Besser
CAS Nature Areas Committee

  • The area is closed after dark
  • No camping or campfires
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No hunting
  • Pets must be on a leash.