Clifty Creek Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Clifty Creek Natural Area Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dixon, MO 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.

2.8 miles 400 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.

hiking
1 day 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!

16 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

4 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
5 months ago

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

5 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
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

It was a nice relaxing hike.

birding
6 months ago

Well marked and maintained trail. My 9-year old son enjoyed all the rocks near the creek. They are currently doing controlled burns, which makes it very smoky.

9 months ago

Great hike! Had a blast with my two older sons and 3 big dogs. Plenty of rocky hills and numerous places to stop and enjoy the creek and views. Will definitely do it again.

10 months ago

My wife and I took our dog out on a Sunday afternoon hike and had a pleasant experience. The trail is well maintained. One thing to note is that they do allow hunting within the area so I recommend wearing bright colors to make sure you don't get mistaken for a deer... or Sasquatch. We encountered one hunter along the trail and had a nice conversation, he was very respectful and informed us he would be hunting outside of the trails area as to ensure our safety. I would highly recommend this as a nice 1-1.5 hour adventure to anybody looking to wander around in the woods a bit and see a cool rock formation.

11 months ago

Great little day hike for the fall, cool bridge and some fun climbing.

hiking
1 year ago

Short trail but very well maintained. Does not have any spectacular view points but great for a trail run or an excuse to get out in nature.

hiking
1 year ago

Perfect hike if you are looking to get some peace and quiet in nature. Dog friendly, which is a plus for me and my furry hiking partner.

hiking
1 year ago

Lots of fun, the bridge is super awesome!

1 year ago

Great hiking trail!

1 year ago

Great hike with natural bridge being approximately the mid point. Prepare for wet feet. I personally wouldn't suggest this for small children (4 and under) they could tire very easily.