Buzzard’s Roost, Pike County, Missouri

This post is not about Pearl Creek Farm, but about another great place in Missouri: Buzzard’s Roost in Pike County. This area, scarcely a half¬†mile from the¬†place where I was born and raised, is unique in its own right, but is also fairly unusual for areas outside of the Ozarks. Included are two significant cave openings, at least two permanent springs, several minor cave openings, and a sheer, north-facing bluff that harbors at least two rare plant species, considered glacial relicts, for Missouri. The area also harbors some interesting habitats for northern Missouri and has some history and lore associated with it.

Much of this area is for sale in a 70-acre tract from a landowner who logged part of it and kept it as a hunting playground. The karst and sensitive habitats are protected by a lengthy hike from the main road. I’d like to see this property in the hands of a government agency, land foundation, or a conservation-minded buyer that understands its value beyond the abundant game species present.

Read on to see more photographs of the area, some characteristic flora and fauna (including two rare plant species), or head straight to the real estate information!

Buzzard's Roost Cave opening
Buzzard’s Roost Cave opening

Buzzard's Roost Cave
Buzzard’s Roost Cave opening
Buzzard's Roost Cave
Buzzard’s Roost Cave opening
Active passageway, Buzzard's Roost Cave
Active passageway, Buzzard’s Roost Cave
Flowstone, Buzzard's Roost Cave
Flowstone, Buzzard’s Roost Cave
Stillhouse (Ladder) Cave
Stillhouse (Ladder) Cave
Minor cave and rock outcrop
Minor cave and rock outcrop
Minor cave
Minor cave
Unknown geologic formation
Unknown geologic formation
Unknown geologic formation
Unknown geologic formation
North-facing bluff
North-facing bluff
Limestone talus
Limestone talus
Squirrel Corn
Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis). Squirrel Corn is found in a handful of Missouri counties. It is typically found in more northern and eastern states. USDA Plants Database.
Snow Trillium
Snow Trillium (Trillium nivale). Snow Trillium is found only in a handful of counties in northeast Missouri and the deep Ozarks, near the Current River. It is typically found in more northern and eastern states. USDA Plants Database.
Snow Trillium
Snow Trillium (Trillium nivale). Snow Trillium is found only in a handful of counties in northeast Missouri and the deep Ozarks, near the Current River. It is typically found in more northern and eastern states. USDA Plants Database.
Spring Peeper
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). Spring Peepers are common throughout much of Missouri. They thrive in the shady limestone talus typical of this site. Missouri Herpetological Atlas Project.
Pickerel Frog
Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris). Pickerel Frogs are common in the Missouri Ozarks, but are mostly absent from northern Missouri. They are common in this area. Missouri Herpetological Atlas Project.
Long-tailed Salamander
Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda). Long-tailed salamanders are near the limit of their range in northeast Missouri. They are abundant at this site, particularly near the caves and springs. Missouri Herpetological Atlas Project
Secondary Cave Opening
Secondary cave opening
Secondary Cave, Twilight Zone
Secondary cave, twilight zone
Small karst window
Small karst window

One thought on “Buzzard’s Roost, Pike County, Missouri

  1. Thanks for sharing this fascinating information, Brian, and for helping us appreciate what’s been in our own “backyard” all this time. I’ve always loved those caves. Sorry I didn’t make it back there last weekend.

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