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A nice walk through the woods. I was caught off guard by an incoming cold front and the temp dropped nearly 20 degrees when I was halfway in. I had decided to shed some weight before heading out and not pack my down. That was a huge mistake that I won't make again.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a great rugged area overall, but the map associated with it on this page wasn't accurate as far as I could tell. We did attempt to follow the marking on the GPS, however getting across to the dam was not happening as the rocks are very slick and the water was moving pretty quickly. I had a pack on with towels and books and didn't want to risk soaking everything so we stayed on the east side of the river. With that said, this is a great place to find a smooth rock along the river and chill out, which is exactly how we spent most of our time here.

They also charge $2 for parking, which had I read here more in depth I'd have known, however I didn't and it caught us by surprise. We did have the cash, unknown what the repercussions are if you don't. But what are we paying for exactly, rocks to park on? It sure isn't trail maintenance because there was trash on it such as cans and bags. The trail is also not really marked, I saw zero blazes and only one sign at all, there are a couple of junctions where without any GPS you could certainly get off track. If it's just for some guy to mow the campground (as another commenter mentions) nearby then I can only chalk it up to greed, because I did see them patrolling to get their cash, which is a really sad practice.

hiking
15 days ago

Giving two stars due to the abundance of TICKS! The first mike of this trail is narrow and through scrub timber - spider webs and thick tick territory. The creek bed is cool - neat rocks, sometimes you have to take the bank - no clear trail through these sections - and back into brush and weeds. We got 2 miles in and turned back because we realized our legs were covered with tiny ticks. Would not do this one again - if only because it’s not worth the feeling of bugs and spider webs all over you.

Easy trial. Beautiful year round, but especially if you can go after a rain and see the waterfall.

this is a beautiful fall. very easy to access.

trail running
17 days ago

Loved it!! Saw a turtle!!

Beautiful rock formations. Want to return in the spring when the water fall is running

Great mix of hilly and more level terrain. gets your heart rate up without being too steep.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail on the edge of the suburbs! Very active park, there was a trail race event going on while I was there, but still I had plenty of room to hike this route comfortably. There's some good bits of elevation gain and fabulous bluff views along the South edge. Most of the trail has plenty of room to let mountain bikers pass, but do keep aware for them coming around corners.

I was amazed by the wildlife. Deer were grazing by the side of the road as I drove into the park, as if it was a zoo, and I encountered another one which let me get within 20 feet before casually trotting away. Lots of birds flying around. I was VERY glad I brought bug spray, so don't forget yours!

Only reason it's not 5 stars is the vehicle and train traffic noise you can't really get away from. Not bad, but always there.

hiking
26 days ago

When we did this, it was tough to stay on trail in spots. If we do it again, it will be in late fall or winter. I was picking ticks off constantly.

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is terrible. It isn’t maintained at all. There are spider webs you walk into every couple of feet. No water stops along the way. Poison ivy all over. I’d hop over the state line and hike in Missouri.

had a blast it was a must see on my River to River thru hike. glad I did

Poorly marked trails and my dog and I were both covered in seed ticks even with bug spray on. Not a fun day.

There's a very good chance that the creek won't be running, as it only flows after a period of prolonged rain. However, I walk the trail on a pretty regular basis, and find it to be a pretty charming walk through a really beautiful forest regardless. One definite perk is that throughout the hike you can see cliffs rising through the trees on either side of the trail; these cliffs become more prominent as the gorge narrows. When the water is flowing, there is a really unique waterfall that tumbles into a deep cleft in the cliff to the right of the trail.

camping
1 month ago

Excellent view and great hike.

nice! lots of spider webs...watch your step. I will be wearing hiking boots and fully covered..blue jean trail.. I started yellow..ended dogwood..narrow hiking trails where hikers only are permitted.. and came to the broken bridge...had to pull myself up and out in a not easy way... Lol..
fix the bridge please...more hikers makes easy to follow trails.. need of love.. it is a lovely place! :)

Nice trail! We took our small dog and had no troubles. the trails are marked well at the creek crossings. as I go along the trail you will creeks, a small water fall (that is a perfect place to take break.), and the trail goes along the bluffs at one point.

paddle sports
1 month ago

Great float river. Very busy, do during the week to miss the crowds We did 26 miles talking out at Lead Mine.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this trail last weekend but had to stop at the creek. Water sources along trail are low because lack of rain and smelled so I would not filter.
Going south bound from Ozark Outdoor, at the 2.5 mile mark there are trees down over the trail and will require you to climb over them.
Overall great hike and beautiful views.

backpacking
1 month ago

Not bad trail to overnight— very easy and quick, pretty good for a Missouri trail

The trail was very easy with a moderately trafficked gravel pathway. We went in the afternoon as that morning there was heavy rainfall. We noted that the creek leading up to the waterfall was dried up and once at the waterfall found that it was dried up as well. There is a split path that allows you to climb to the top of the waterfall to explore the rocky area. There were fellow hikers at the waterfall when we arrived and we were informed that the waterfall only runs in the spring time despite recent rains. We did bring both of our Siberian huskies and found it was easy to navigate.

we really enjoyed this hike. we went on July 23. it's very pretty, lots of creeksnand streams both big and small. there is a pretty waterfall about halfway through. you do have to cross water multiple times, there is rocks at all the crossing to walk on but there's a good possibility of getting your feet wet. at the waterfall half way through there Is a trail following the creeks that you can take to get closer to it. can be a little steep but the terrain isn't bad. we had a fun time on this hike.

Great views and photo opportunities

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail, didn't see snakes, got a couple ticks. a little bit of experience hiking, makes this trail real fun. couple places to camp, no idea if you're allowed to or not though. this is a low maintained trail and that includes the road up to the trailhead. small cars can make it but its rough. i plan on hiking it again and probably camping off the trail.

Great trail to hike with lots to see. Horses also use the trial and there was a tremendous amount of manure on the trail today. More than I've ever seen on this trail

hiking
1 month ago

This trail would’ve been fantastic if there wasn’t a spider web every 5 feet we had to go through!!

Nice trail. Should be fairly easy for everyone

2 months ago

beautiful trail

Fun trail but has little in the way of signs. We took a wrong turn and ended up on another trail. The whole area was beautiful!

I skipped Dogwood and did Yellow trail and an offshoot I came across. Beautiful area, but pretty muddy due to heavy equestrian traffic. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a trail ride instead of a hike.

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