Amidon Memorial Conservation Area Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fredericktown, MO that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is located south of Route J, approximately eight miles east of Fredericktown. County Road 208 fords the Castor River on the area.
This is a great (short) hike to get a peek at the Castor River Shut-Ins. It's only about a 1 mile loop to the Shut-Ins and back, but you can do more exploration off the trail if you wish. Also known as "Pink Rock", Amidon has lots to offer -- especially in the Summer when you can swim -- but also in the Spring and Fall if you are looking for a quick trip to get some fresh air. The trail itself is not paved, but it is fairly even terrain (not really stroller or wheelchair friendly). I see lots of folks walking their dogs too! My only complaint is that I wish it were longer.
Really it's just a nice path to the great Castor Shut-in. Well worth it to explore or swim in the summer
Fun little trail with great views
Love it. Trail is beautiful and the swimming hole is perfect. So relaxing.
Amazing river! Mild Rapids roll over beautiful pink boulders. The trail is well kept to the swimming areas. Past that the loop is a little less traveled but still beautiful! Bring swim shoes (very slick rocks!)
Loved it! Beautiful trail, gorgeous water. Dog friendly.
It was a decent trail, runs along the Castor River Shut-ins. The trail is kind of hard to follow after you pass the first big pool though and is grown over a bit. I last went during the early summer though so I might try it this winter to see if the trail is better. There were also some primitive camp sites. Make sure you check in with the conservation dept before you camp there though. Good swimming hole there too!
This trail is named the cedar glade trail. It is more decriptive to refer it to the shut-ins. Great summr destination. Natural water play ground.
We arrived early in the morning and almost had the place to ourselves. It was incredible. The water was amazing. Hiked the trail before the crowds came in.
Castor River Shut ins flow through the area, enjoyed a great swim in the shut ins