The Glade Top Trail, located on the Ava unit of the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District, has been selected as a Top Site by the Forest Service’s Washington office.

Ten sites were selected across the nation for the Nature Watch Top 10, making this a very notable honor. Nature Watch sites showcase what the National Forest has to offer and are highlighted usi

Volunteers at the Glade Top Trail Citizen Science event admire the beautiful flowers dotting the hillsides near the road. The rolling hills with dolomite rock outcrops, and a mix of open space and clusters of trees, support a very unique ecosystem.

ng educational tools online and on the ground.

The sites will be marked with a sign with a silhouette of binoculars on it. The District is working with the Washington office to create an online, interactive story map to illustrate the diverse plants and animals that can be found along the Glade Top Trail.

These sites also coincide with the Glade Top Trail Interpretive Tour — where you can use a smartphone or tablet to scan a QR code to learn more about the site and the management of the area. The Glade Top Trail offers 23 miles of spectacular views along Forest Roads 147 and 149.

The Ava Ranger Station is located at 1103 S. Jefferson Ave., in Ava, Mo. The office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office can be reached by phone at (417) 683-4428.