Cave Spring Loop Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Cave Spring Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles 813 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips






wild flowers


Cave Spring Loop trail begins at Devil's Well and leads to Cave Spring on the Current River before looping back to the trailhead. On the way it follows a ridge through heavy timber before descending down to the river. On the return it branches to the right, once back on the ridge, follows a hollow The loop trail, beginning at the Devils Well---traverses oak-pine forest ridges, a limestone glade, winds through hollows and crosses intermittent streams as it brings hikers down to the mouth of Cave Spring on the Current River. The 'Cliff' segment of this loop trail traverses the side of a high limestone bluff overlooking the Current River with spectacular views, then returns to Devils Well via Parker Hollow alongside an intermittent stream bed

2 months ago

Hiked this on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Several cars at trailhead and saw others on trail. Lots of drunk, rowdy people at the cave spring so we didn't stay long there. Saw one copperhead sunning itself on the trial, but uneventful otherwise. Not very scenic, but a decent workout as we kept the pace a little under 20" miles and we finished a little under two hours. Almost entirely wooded/shaded. Gravely terrain made me glad I wore my Keen boots.

3 months ago

This trail was one of my favorites in MO! The cave was wonderful and trail was clean and picked up. Such a variety of nature if you do the entire loop! Moderate describes the difficulty perfect.

5 months ago

Pretty cool hike. Watch out for the Stinging Nettle once you get down close to the river.

9 months ago

The spring is totally worth it.

1 year ago

Completed this hike today. The cave is awesome. Would be a great place to hike in and camp down by the cave.

1 year ago

Great hike and layout. The switchbacks are perfect making an easy hike with good elevation change. True Ozarks trail.

1 year ago

The trail is very well laid out. The descent to the cave on the river and back out is very easy because of the switchbacks. Take the time and do the loop,not just out and back. You will be rewarded with a pleasant walk. I discovered the biggest redbud tree I ever saw. It had to be 5' accross.