Devil's Kitchen Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Devil's Kitchen Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, MO that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

1.3 miles 242 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Devil"s Kitchen is natural surface loop trail takes you through dry chert woodland and glades before entering the Devils Kitchen sinkhole which is a small cave shelter. This natural surface loop trail takes you through dry chert woodland and glade communities before entering the Devils Kitchen sinkhole. The sinkhole contains a geologic feature known as Devils Kitchen, which is a small cave shelter. After descending off the glade and through a woodland, you will notice that the ground around you has large areas of rock. You will come upon an opening in the rocks to the right of the trail. As you travel further down and around these rocks, you will find yourself at the entrance to the cave shelter. If you investigate back into the opening, you will be treated to a view of the sky through the chimney at the rear of this cave. The trail continues past the Devils Kitchen feature to a steep concave bluff wall known as Devils Promenade. To reach the Devils Promenade, you must step across a small gap in the bedrock surface of the trail. After Devils Promenade, the trail climbs out of the sinkhole and crosses a county road, Post Office Road. Once across the road, the trail continues through an open woodland to the Post Office Day-Use Area, where it crosses State Road D. Follow the large footprints painted on the road surface to cross the road safely. An overlook here has a nice view of the castle across the spring chasm and an interpretive panel on the historic town Hahatonka. The trail joins tSpring Trail, Colosseum Trail and Dell Rim trail at this point, so watch for the brown blazes to follow Devils Kitchen Trail back to the top of the natural bridge. From here, you will cross State Road D into the Ha Ha Tonka Oak Woodland Natural Area parking lot where you started.

hiking
4 days ago

wonderful hike! lots of geologic interest! :)

1 month ago

Nice and shaded on a warmer day.

2 months ago

3 months ago

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4 months ago

One of my favorite parts of Ha Ha Tonka. Take bug spray. But it's totally worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked in summer heat and the trail is plenty shaded. The trail was also clear which is nice for ticks in Missouri. Amazing rock formations.

7 months ago

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10 months ago

It was a bit too touristy of an area for me. It was cool to see the rock overhand and cave, but those two things were the only attraction to this trail.

10 months ago

Nice trail

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail. Nice scenery.

trail running
1 year ago

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2 years ago

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3 years ago

Was a great trail on a very hot day

hiking
3 years ago

Besides the cliffs and sinkhole, trail was just ok. Rocky terrain, and unfortunately not much wildlife (perhaps time of year we went). Full of poison ivy/oak so highly recommend applying some repellent beforehand.

hiking
5 years ago

I did this trail to extend my backpacking trail at Turkey pen hollow trail. This added 1.25 miles to the 6.5 miles Turkey Pen Trail. The sink hole and the cliffs added some nice scenery.