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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


Grave of the Old Shepherd

In his book, "Old Matt's View of It," J.K. Ross wrote about the death of the Old Shepherd from Mutton Hollow. He was gored to death by a bull. A Civil War tombstone marks the grave of James Marion Wood, who met this untimely fate in 1910

Mt. Vernon, MO Cemeteries

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

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

Big Spring

When the Moore family first settled there, there were Indian camps all along the bottom land. This spring puts out up to 13 million gallons of water a day, and has been a popular family picnic site for over a hundred years. It is located just beyond Rebel's Bluff and Old Shepherd'

Mt. Vernon, MO Archaeology

Things to do Recreation near Mt. Vernon, MO

Ponderosa Trails

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

Royalty Arena

Year-round events ranging from horse shows and rodeos to clinics. If it has to do with horses, it happens here....