Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit

Hours and Dates of Operation

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The refuge headquarters/visitor contact station will be closed until further notice. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and facebook page. 

In keeping with guidance from CDC and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing all previously scheduled events until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance. 

The refuge remains open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. This includes the Wild Goose Auto Tour loop and refuge hiking trails. There is no charge to visit the refuge.

Brochures and Maps

Directions, Address & Contact Information

From Interstate 29, take Exit 79 just south of Mound City, Missouri then travel south 2 ½ miles on U.S. Highway 159. 

Physical Address (see note above)
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
25542 US-159
Forest City, MO 64451

Mailing Address
Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 158
Mound City, Missouri 64470

Point of Interest

Let our staff and volunteers at the visitor contact station help you plan your visit! This is a great starting point for visitors to become more familiar with the refuge and the wildlife that live here. Visitors can watch a 13 minute refuge orientation video, see live native snakes on display, browse nature and wildlife exhibits, and obtain maps and brochures. While there, visit the Friends of Loess Bluffs Nature Shop for field guides, t-shirts, and other educational items.

 What to do


  • Get current refuge information at the visitor contact station 
  • Watch a 13 minute video about the refuge
  • Hike one of several refuge trails
  • Look for wildlife along the 13 mile Wild Goose Auto Tour
  • Stop at wildlife viewing scopes along the auto tour
  • Visit the Friends of Loess Bluffs Nature Shop

Know Before You Go

 The refuge is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset daily. Restrooms are available inside the refuge headquarters/visitor contact station and comfort station in the headquarters parking lot. Be sure to check for ticks and know how to identify and avoid poison ivy. 



We recommend:


  • Bring plenty of water to drink
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm heavy clothing in winter
  • Light cool garments in the summer