Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, MO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles 187 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This trail though short has it all. There are actually two trails. One is a half mile trail and the other a one mile trail. Stunning terrain and rock formations.

hiking
12 days ago

Loop trail can be bit rugged at times, but it is good little walk. Shorter trail is worth the quick walk down for the box canyon view.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice trail but it's only 1 mile. It even says so on the sign.

20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike down through canyons and back up. The trail can get a little rugged and hard to follow at times, but worth it. Went on both sides of the road. If you don't have much time or struggle with the rougher trails, take the half mile out and back.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing! Every hiker in Missouri should hike this trail. It's short, but worth the drive.

hiking
1 month ago

I was pleasantly surprised how much the views changed in such a short trail (I did the mile one). Very pretty, I'd love to go back after a heavy rainfall.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Short trail but it is beautiful, peaceful, and has a waterfall after rains.

3 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

2 trails were not bad. Short 1/2 mile trail has some nice attractions for taking pictures. Longer 1 mile trail will give you a little workout. I recommend long pants or jeans. Trails were overgrown. You could make out the trail but in places vegetation was thick hard to see everything you are walking through. Short trail is right where you park. Longer trail across the street.

5 months ago

I'm not sure how this is a 3.9 mile trail. The trail is in two parts; a 1/4 mile segment and a 1 mile segment. It was nice enough but not worth a 20 or 30 minute drive from Farmington.

Pros: nice waterfall at the end of the 1/4 mile loop. Just make sure it's rained some or it's just a big rock and lots of mesquites.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is in 2 parts, one on each side of the road. The 1/2 mile trail is easy and has a nice waterfall at the bottom. The 1 mile trail was moderate with lots of obstacles, downed trees across the trail, rock outcroppings, steep inclines and we had to cross the stream at least 5 times. Part of the trail was actually a runoff path so we had to walk through water for several yards. (it had been raining for days). And part is a little overgrown. One really nice thing, we were the only ones there.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

1 year ago

good trail for the whole family....most impressive scenery you can get in a mile and a half....i will be back..

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome trail! The road to get to the area feels like you are trespassing but well worth the drive! Both trails were great. It would be awesome to see when the weather is damp as there are some waterfalls!

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Nice little canyon. Be sure and do trail through time, Pickle springs natural area. It is just a couple miles down the road.

hiking
3 years ago

This a nice and easy hike. There is a short .5 mile out and back trail on one side of the road. This hike leads past several rocky bluffs and overhangs. There is a large waterfall at the end of this hike if it has been raining alot. On the other side of the road is a one mile loop. It also has deep canyons, a stream running through it, and other interesting rock formations.

hiking
4 years ago

This trail is comprised of two trails. One is a half mile out and back and the other is a 1 mile loop. Steep hills with stunning views. The half mile trail ends in a box canyon with a huge waterfall during the wet season. Many caves and ferns growing in the crevices of rocks. The mile loop has it all from hill top views, caves to springs and creeks.