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This trail was great! No cell reception so if you plan to use a map on here, download it long before you even get close to this area. Devils Well is a fascinating look from an opening on the top of a cave cavern (that holds water probably around 100feet deep) thanks to a sinkhole forming. A ranger we spoke with told us to be careful and watch for the signs along the trail. Many people get lost confusing the hiking trail with the ATV trail. The hike to Spring Cave was beautiful, in the fall you have less trouble with bugs. We had a baby with us and she was quite the trooper! Only people seen on the trail besides our group of 5 was a small ranger-led tour group.
The cave is something else. It seems the most popular way to get there is by canoe. We had the cave to ourselves for about 20 minutes then all these people seemed to paddle in out of nowhere. There is a deep part in the back of the cave that I was not able to research well until I had WiFi again. I read it can be up to 120 feet deep back there and with a lot of uncertainties. If you go in there, don’t take that lightly. Be very careful, and most of all preserve its mysterious beauty!

The autumnal colors were stunning when I visited. Trail was great and relatively easy to follow. However, during our trip the multiple water crossings required getting my feet wet as the water was well over the tops of my hiking boots.

14 days ago

Beautiful fall hiking trail!

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful and challenging. Not blazed. 2 creek crossings.

We hiked this trail twice during the last week of October, 2018. The first day was a perfect sunny fall day. Two days later, we hiked on a cloudy day. On Monday, we saw 8 other hikers on the trail. On Wed, with a threat of rain, we didn’t see any other hikers. The fall colors were beautiful both days and the hike was very enjoyable. There are a few places that are pretty rocky, but other places with very few rocks. Most of the trail is fairly level, but there are a few easy hills and one hill that is pretty steep and rocky. You will likely be breathing hard as you climb that hill on the way back to the TH. Most people willing to hike almost 8 miles should be able to handle it OK. The tunnel is neat to see and walk through. I would advise taking a flashlight to help make your way through the tunnel, as there are some rocks that could trip you in the dark. There are several rock formations/bluffs and small holes/caves along the way to view and or explore also. We crossed several dry creek beds on this trail. If you hike this trail in early spring or after heavy rains, these creek beds might have water in them. We hiked in and out on the east loop, as I had read the west loop wasn’t as pretty or worthwhile. There were no bugs or ticks on our late Oct hike and only a few cobwebs. We did search a little while the first day trying to find the trail head. Drive to the spring, but don’t go over the bridge. Take the road that veers slightly to the left. From there it is a short distance to the TH. Great trail!

beautiful walk with interesting rock formations and nice views

hiking
19 days ago

beautiful hike with the colors changing!

This was our very first time hiking and the trail was great even with a baby carrier, but not too easy either. Amazing views and rock formations!

Really great trail! Easy to follow and the tunnel at the end is worth the hike.

hiking
22 days ago

My friends and I started at Greer Rec Area with the intent to hike up to the bluff overlooking the river. (This would be hiking west towards McCormack Lake.) It was so overgrown we were unable to tell where the path was and unable to see trail markers so we had to turn back. That makes me sad. My family hiked from McCormack Lake to Greer every summer when our kids were young. And we still talk about the stinging nettle we encountered on one of those hikes!! :-P

The 2 miles were jam packed with beauty. My favorite part were the rocks and moss.

Great view, make sure to go all the way through the tunnel!!

Short trail, but filled with incredible views. Been twices, both times with my husky and she had a blast. Highly recommend for anyone.

It was great and super well marked! We enjoyed it and will be back.

Based on prior reviews, I was expecting a challenge with a poorly marked trail, but I found just the opposite - perhaps it was recently remarked? Start the loop going to the left. Watch for small brown “TRAIL” signs and square white blazes on trees and rocks. A great hike on a fall day.

backpacking
1 month ago

great trail for a day hike or short backpack. gorgeous views

Well-marked. Great views. One of the best in Missouri

This is a great trail. There were a couple of overgrown places and come trails aren't marked well. This trail had great sites to camp.

The first time I went in March it was mesmerizing. The rock formations are outstanding. Great views, plenty of climbing around if you want to. Going back end of oct to see COLOR!

Really enjoyed hiking this trail. Great terrain...very cool geological formations and at least one nice overlook. Only spring water running in the creek when I was there... small flow.. I think the waterfall would be great after a good rain.

Great out and back trail. Mill and shuts ins at halfway point totally worth it! Trail is well kept. Three small creek crossings - no need to take shoes off. Hiked it with my wife in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

A fantastic trail with great scenery. This was our first hike here but we will definitely be back.

Very glad we decided to make the trip from STL to walk the trail. However, it is not marked well at all. We did not notice it was a "one way" trail and went backwards. We ended up off the original trail on well worn paths that ended in dead ends or completely in the wrong direction. Ended up spending almost an hour just to find the trail. It was a nice hike with some great views. I would hike it again, but the correct way next time.

The trail was lightly travelled which was evident by the amount of spider webs I walked through. Over all the trail was clearly marked and the sites were beautiful. I would recommend long pants because of the underbrush and water proof shoes for the cave.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellently maintained and well marked with a great natural feature to keep you moving forward. I’ll definitely return with my kids next time.

Only giving it 4 stars because it wasn't well marked. There are several WORN paths were trail blazes would help keep you on track. Other than that the trail was VERY enjoyable. Although it's short, it's definitely worth the trip - just bring a map or GPS.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice clean, well maintained trail. May have some issues during heavy rain.

This was a great trail that both my dogs and I enjoyed. The natural bridge at the end was beautiful and fun to walk through. The only downside I found was that it was more heavily trafficked than I tend to enjoy and I had forgotten repellant so I spent about an hour getting seed ticks off of my body. Highly recommend using repellant here!!

This is a well kept secret so there are no crowds. Trails can be slippery when wet and sturdy shoes are recommended. I like doing this hike in the early spring when the snow melt fills the clear creek. Great place for a family picnic along the creek at the arch. If you have time the loop is scenic. Also a good place to bring your canine partner.

Went here on a whim and DID NOT REGRET IT. Drove the quick hour drive from St. Louis and got right to it. NO BATHROOM AVAILABLE AT TRAIL HEAD.

My friend and I absolutely loved climbing on everything! Every corner was a new view and adventure. I cannot wait to go back!!

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