Silver Mine Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fredericktown, MO that features a river 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.
dogs on leash
Silver Mines trail follows the banks of the St. Francis River where it cuts a rugged canyon through granite bluffs overlooking its rocky course through the mountains. Historic remains of mines and rock dam are found on the trail. The trail starts off on the east side of the St. Francis River with a grueling uphill climb over rocky terrain until you reach the Silver Mine Dam. The dam sits below the trail and takes a rocky scramble to get down to the water and back up. The trail then drops to Turkey Creek and a picnic area. The trail stays relatively flat and easy past Turkey Creek and continues to follow the river to Mill Stream Garden.
If u don't stay in the campground, the day use fee to walk the .04 mile trail is a required fee of $2 cash. If u ignore that or try to park outside the day use area you'll find the cranky campground owner inquiring as to why you're loitering just to look up a different park.Not even AN ATM was offered, but a grumpy man telling us he spends a lot of time mowing the side of the road that we are parked on outside the day use area.
It was an ok hike with one or two nice places to stop and enjoy the scenery, however for the most part the trails are dilapidated and over run. I don't know where this 1.9 mile hike was considering there are multiple trails and very very few signs to lead you in the right direction. Per gps I went 4.34 miles.
Pros: a good long hike next to a river. Swimming is possible sometimes along with fishing and maybe camping in a few very small areas.
Cons: I did not do any research on this hike before going, I just saw and went (disclaimer).
There are several trails and several signs pointing this way and that way with cool names but NO distance indicators! Super frustrating. I don't know if I'm going down a 20 mile hike or it's just around the bend.
The trails are wild! Bring a damn machete!
They charge you just to park! Granted it's only two bucks but wtf.
We camped here and hiked the river trail. Beautiful place, rugged yet easy trail. Climbed down the rocks and stopped along the water for a snooze in the sun, and watched the kayakers take some rapids. Would definitely come back!
We hiked this trail from Silver Mines to Mill Stream Gardens. It was great to hike along the river for most of the trail. It did get wet at times with some springs running onto the trail. This is a scenic hike with lots to see. If you're lucky you will see whitewater kayakers showing their skills on the river. There are multiple outlooks to sit and watch. I will definitely be back.
The trail was repaired at the dam by the time we hiked it.
Great trail, but on the west side of the river the trail disappears where it appears a rock slide occurred near the dam.
This was a really nice hike, we didn't really follow the actual trail but kinda made our own. We followed along the river collecting rocks. Had a really nice time.
Scenic and interesting with old mine and dam.
Challenging but beautiful!