Trail Through Time: Pickle Springs Natural Area

MODERATE 64 reviews
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Trail Through Time: Pickle Springs Natural Area is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, MO that features a waterfall 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.

1.9 miles 343 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Pickle Springs Natural Area: Trail through time was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. It features unique rock outcroppings wet weather creekcrossings, seasonal waterfalls, bluff overlooks and shallow caves. If you like unique and unusual rock formations,this trail provides just that. The trail is well maintained, there are some steep uphill climbs, and several bridged creek crossings. While hiking this trail I saw 2 deer, 1 turtle, and several lizards.

12 days ago

good hike. well marked.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike and scenery for all ages to enjoy!

hiking
18 days ago

Fun trail for the family to do together. Some rough terrain, which leads to plenty of features to explore. I recommend the drive to hike the Trail Through Time.

1 month ago

one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Interesting geological features. Beautiful scenery.

1 month ago

Loved this trail! We have five kids and they all loved it too! Neat rock formations and great place to take pictures.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail with beautiful rock formations!

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of rock formations and beautiful forestry.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful quiet trail. It had just rained when we went so it was a little slippery. Wear good shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun relaxing hike with great scenery

3 months ago

3 months ago

Great little walk especially if you like to take photos. Quite a few spots to get out in the creek for excellent photography

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Well maintained trail. Spectacular rock features.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Bring a camera if you are just passing through!

Moderate/difficult if you're not in shape hike.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail sad so many people don't respect leave no trace, hauled out a full bag of trash. Great hike all the same.

6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and an abundance of variety.
My only critic is that it was very public and crowded for a national monument.
I wish you had to hike to it or drive far out as to avoid reckless tourists that aren't serious hikers who know to maintain the vegetation. Although that cant be helped.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Not hard, very scenic and great to take your time and take photos.