Nelson Dewey State Park and Dewey Heights Prairie State Natural Area
Towering bluffs along the Mississippi River, hidden valleys, and Dewey Creek give this 756-acre state park its character. Located within the park is Dewey Heights Prairie State Natural Area. A hike along the bluff-top prairie provides panoramic views of the Mississippi River and river valley. From the pasque-flowers of early spring to the asters of fall, a diversity of plants bloom here throughout the season. In the spring and fall, dozens of migratory species join resident Lark, Field, and Grasshopper Sparrows. Bald Eagles winter along this stretch of the river and can be seen from November through March.
Directions: From Cassville, go northwest on Cty. VV 1.2 miles to the park entrance. Maps are available at the park office. Follow the park road to the bluff summit to reach Dewey Heights Prairie State Natural Area.
Gazetteer: Page 24, C-2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 89, C-7 (10th edition).
Signature Species: Eagles, Carolina Wren, Pileated Woodpecker and Cerulean Warbler.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking throughout park.
Nearest Food & lodging: Park offers campsites, or in Cassville 1.2 miles east of the park.
Fee: State park vehicle admission sticker required.