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Mule Mountain State Forest
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Mule Mountain State Forest is a captivating natural oasis that offers a perfect blend of picturesque beauty and outdoor adventures. With its rolling hills, dense forests, and glistening streams, the forest provides a serene environment for hiking, camping, and wildlife observation. The towering mule mountains create a stunning backdrop for nature enthusiasts, with trails that wind through breathtaking vistas and hidden wonders waiting to be explored. As visitors venture deeper into the forest, they will be enchanted by the rich biodiversity that thrives within its boundaries, encountering a variety of wildlife, beautiful wildflowers, and ancient trees. Mule Mountain State Forest truly captivates with its tranquility and natural splendor, inviting all who enter to immerse themselves in an unforgettable experience in the heart of Missouri's wilderness.
History of the Area
Mule Mountain State Forest is located in Madison County, Missouri. The state forest was established in 1955 and is one of the oldest state forests in the state.

The area that currently encompasses Mule Mountain State Forest was once a part of the vast Ozark mountain range that covers much of southern Missouri. This region has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with evidence of Native American habitation and trade routes.

During the 19th century, the land was heavily logged for its timber resources. The hills and valleys of the Ozarks were known for their abundance of hardwood trees, which were harvested for various uses, including building materials and fuel.

In the early 20th century, the land was acquired by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) with the goal of preserving and restoring the forested areas. The MDC began efforts to control erosion, reforest denuded areas, and manage the land for wildlife habitat.

Mule Mountain State Forest was officially designated as a state forest in 1955. The forest encompasses approximately 1,993 acres of diverse woodland and encompasses parts of the Mark Twain National Forest. Its name is derived from the presence of mule deer in the area.
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Discovery Ministries
HC 3 Box 32
Eminence, MO
Eminence Canoes, Cottages
Highway 19 North
Eminence, MO

1. Start by heading east on Highway 32 from the town of Farmington.
2. Continue driving for approximately 10 miles until you reach a junction with Route W.
3. Turn left onto Route W and continue for about 5 miles.
4. You will then come across another intersection where you need to turn right onto County Road D.

At this point, it's important to note that Mule Mountain State Forest does not have an official entrance or designated parking area as it primarily consists of undeveloped land open for recreational use such as hiking and hunting.

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