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Talbot Wildlife Area


category : Recreation

The Conversation Department regulates this land of nearly 5000 acres to maintain and protect riparian habitat along Spring River. The lands vary from the rich bottom land soil along Spring River to rocky, upland soils. Presently, the area is 69 percent open range and 30 percent timber, with most of the timber along the river.


The area contains a 4-acre lake and 26 ponds. Hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, nature study, frogging and a nature trail are open to the public.



Address: 2 miles northwest on Hwy 96
Phone: 417-895-6880

Come visit us in Mt. Vernon, Missouri

Attractions and Upcoming Events

The 3rd "Old Jail"

This imposing structure on the north side of the square was built at a cost of $16,000 in 1874 (two years before Custer's Last Stand)

Mt. Vernon, MO Pioneer Life

"Brick" Presbyterian Church

The beautiful, stately, historic church, known familiarly as Brick Church because of its 17-inch thick brick walls, stands solidly in a picturesque setting of prairie land.

The church, organized in 1854 was built in 1872 to last as a house of praise to the Lord. Today'

Mt. Vernon, MO Historic Churches

The 2nd "Old Jail"

The county's first log jail burned in 1854, and a brick structure was built on Walter Street a block west of the square. It is presently undergoing reconstruction for historical preservation. It was used until 1868, and had an original cost of $3,500.

Mt. Vernon, MO Pioneer Life

City Parks

Williams Creek Park and the "Spirit of 76" Recreation Complex - Mt. Vernon's largest and newest park is the "Spirit of 76"

Mt. Vernon, MO Recreation

Mt.Vernon Golf Course

Mt. Vernon's golf course features a nine-hole course, clubhouse, and golf cart rental and storage. There are a number of active leagues, including a senior men's league and Ladies' Golf Association.

Mt. Vernon, MO Recreation

Things to do Recreation near Mt. Vernon, MO

Ponderosa Trails

Camping, horseback riding, three meals daily and evening entertainment. Must have own horse....