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Buford Mountain Conservation Area
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
A photo of the trail through a glade
Buford Mountain Trail on Bald Knob
Buford Mountain Conservation Area is located in Missouri
Buford Mountain Conservation Area
Buford Mountain Conservation Area
Location in Missouri
Location Iron and Washington counties, Missouri, United States
Nearest city Bismarck, MO
Area 3,824 acres (15.5 km2)
Established 1983
Governing body Missouri Department of Conservation
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Buford Mountain Conservation Area consists of 3,824 acres (15.48 km2) north of Ironton and southwest of Bismarck, Missouri. The area includes Buford Mountain at 1,740 feet (530 m) above sea level. The mountain consists mostly of rhyolite, with few permanent water sources. However, there are eight fishless ponds each about 0.25 acres (0.10 ha) in size.

The central feature, Buford Mountain, has the name of the local Buford family who settled the area. The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased the area from the Nature Conservancy in 1979. There is a hiking trail that traverses the area for 10.5 miles (16.9 km) and crosses the summit of Buford Mountain. Hunting is permitted in the area in the appropriate season with permits.

A panoramic of the valley to the east from the glade on Bald Knob
View west from Bald Knob
A panoramic view of the mountain from Belleview Valley
Buford Mountain viewed from Belleview Valley looking east
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