Trails exist for hiking, but they are not well mapped. Dispersed camping is permitted, but there are no facilities. In other words, by and large, the Sunklands are true wilderness.
|Sunklands Conservation Area|
Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
For more info on the sinkhole that gives the area its name, and how to locate it, visit here.
Getting to Sunklands Conservation Area is not overly difficult, but there are multiple different routes into the area. The directions I am providing here will get you into one side of the region. You might want to look over a map on your own. Again, this is absolutely one of Missouri's most beautiful areas, but it does not come with its arms open wide awaiting the visitor. You will need to spend some time with maps, bring a compass and maybe GPS (but not just a GPS), and come with a sense of adventure. You will be rewarded for your efforts!
Salem to Sunklands: