There are over 1,500 acres inside the Henning Conservation area. The terrain intersperses steep hills with oak and hickory forests as well as scenic glades. Relevant to Ozark history, the glades or “balds” were gathering places for post-Civil war vigilante groups that became known as Baldknobbers. Features of the area were immortalized Harold Bell Wrights “Shepherd of the Hills” book, including Dewey Bald, Boulder Bald, Sammy Lane’s Lookout, The Signal Tree and Little Pete’s Cave.
Trails available to hike inside the Henning Conservation area:
- Homesteaders Trail: 3.4 miles (Difficult)
- Glade Exploration Trail: 1.10 miles (Moderate)
- Shane’s Shortcut: .30 miles (Difficult)
- Dewey Bald Trail: .40 miles (Moderate)
- Streamside Trail: .40 (Moderate)
There are also three viewing decks at the conservation area and it is a favorite spot for bird watching.