Clifty Creek Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Clifty Creek Natural Area Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dixon, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 462 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Clifty Creek trail is a 2.5 loop trail with the primary attraction being a natural bridge with a span of forty ft. Enroute to the natural bridge you pass through old growth Hickory and Oak timber, limestone Ozark glades, and cliffs overlooking Clifty Creek and you cross the creek twice. A very scenic 2.5 mile loop hiking trail leads from the conservation area parking lot to the natural bridge and back. A hiker can choose to take the loop, or can choose to go and come from the arch via the same trail portion. The trail has an intersection one-tenth of a mile from the parking lot. The right fork in the trail is an additional one mile to the arch; if you choose the left fork the arch is 1.4 miles away - one way. Both forks are very scenic and traverse some very interesting natural features.

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3 days ago

Clifty Creek Conservation Area is a great place to take in an enjoyable, moderate hike that winds through a nice variety of Missouri terrain and geographical features. I've always found the trail to be well-marked and well-maintained. On nice weekend days, expect to encounter plenty of other hikers using the trail and expect that the rather small parking lot might be full. Go mid-week and you'll likely have the place all to yourself.

6 days ago

Great trail! Very well marked! Beautiful area.

7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

We went in the late Fall when the trees had lost all of their leaves and the trail was completely covered making it hard to follow the trail. It would be nice if the trail was marked a little better, but the rock bridge was definitely worth it.

21 days ago

A great trail with two creek crossings! A natural stone arch is the highlight of the hike! Could be just a tad better marked but still some beautiful countryside to enjoy!!

hiking
1 month ago

It was an exceptionally warm Christmas Day hike and most enjoyable. It was warm enough that we encountered a painted box turtle on the trail. I give this place high marks. Beautiful scenery and a very nice trail. I was impressed with the moss and Christmas ferns growing on the trail cuts. Rocks in the creek bed were beautiful and interesting. Sandstone and banded chert were pretty. The natural bridge was great. I gave it five stars.

4 months ago

Nice parking area and a wonderful walk. Clearly marked, quiet with nice views. Made a great relaxing Afternoon.

hiking
4 months ago

So much fun! The trails wind down so you don't have to go up or down any strenuous hills or cliffs. Beautiful scenery!

It's long and a bit challenging.
It's 2.76 miles

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed every minute of the hike. Great trail loop, seems like at least 4 miles though not 2.7, lots to see.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Well marked trail. Small dirt parking lot that you could miss if you aren't paying attention.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a beautiful trail, but a little sketchy for kids. Many beautiful Missouri moments, with rock formations and river crossings. Some of the trail is on high cliffs which are often muddy, so just be aware if you take small children.

9 months ago

3.2 miles not 2.2. Crossed water twice, but beautiful and a little challenging which made it fun. Took my four daughters (5-16) and my hubby.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail my 4 kids made it, if you want to see the arch take a right to get to it faster

9 months ago

9 months ago

What a fun hike! Interesting things to see, and places to stop, and a nice, moderate terrain! The natural bridge is the main highlight for sure, plan to stop there a bit. Will be back for sure.

walking
10 months ago