Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ste Genevieve, MO that features a river 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.
dogs on leash
Iinsterstate 55 south from St. Louis to exit 154, Mo hwy O, turn west and travel 6 miles to hwy 32, travel west 2.5 miles to hwy C, turn north and travel 3 miles to Sprott rd., turn west 1.5 miles to parking lot. (no signs to identify the trail. Look for roadside parking)
Amazing! Every hiker in Missouri should hike this trail. It's short, but worth the drive.
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.
Short trail but it is beautiful, peaceful, and has a waterfall after rains.
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.
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.
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.
good trail for the whole family....most impressive scenery you can get in a mile and a half....i will be back..
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!
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.
Excellent hike. Well-maintained and good for most all ages/abilities.
This is a great trail that is out of the way and not that well known. There are two parts to the trail, the east trail and the west trail. The East trail is a small .5 mile there and back that terminates at a canyon headwall. The West trail is a one mile loop that brings you through canyons and down along Hickory Creek.
The area is beautiful, even though there had been little rain and therefore no hope of small waterfalls. I imagine during wet weather and the winter these trails are breathtaking.
The trails are in great condition, a little overgrown in some locations, so where your insect repellent, but well marked and easy to follow.
The scenery is also great. The Canyons are beautiful, and there is wildlife everywhere. We saw a family of racoons, bunches of birds, and some beautiful wildflowers.
It's well worth the drive and the back-road location.
Hickory Canyons is a secluded ravine in heavy timber that features nice cliffs and rock formations and a wet weather creek. Good trail, short enough for the whole family, but watch the cliffs. I would do the trail counter clockwise.
Two easy short trails worth seeing bring your camera