Cedar Glade Trail

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Cedar Glade Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fredericktown, Missouri that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 98 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips







Cedar Glade trail leads to pink granite Shut-ins on the Castor river, scenic overlook, 2 very OLD cemeteries. The shut-ins trail traverses the Castor River. It is level at this point. There are many easy access points to the river. Be aware of rainy periods this river can get up quite high at times. The trail goes uphill for a short distance, when you get to the top there is a scenic overlook there. Follow the trail back to the parking lot. Notice on the map the two old cemeteries located on this property. If you find the graveyard with the McMurtreys buried there, they were the original land owners. Mr. McMurtrey was born in 1768 his wife Sarah, 1773. Please note that hunting is permitted on this property!

recorded Cedar Glade Trail

1 month ago

The map shows only the out and back trail. The whole trail is actually a loop which is displayed on the sign at the trailhead. There is another sign on the trail on a hillside indicating where to go uphill to take the loop. Refer to my recording for reference. It gets a bit confusing towards the top but when you reach the top where there is a primitive campsite go left up over the hill and you will rejoin the trail. The loop was nothing special but fun to explore anyway. The real beauty is of course at the shut ins.

off trail
3 months ago

This is a beautiful place!! The first half of the trail is easy and well marked. The return loop is not easy to follow at all. We got to a point where we could not continue with certainty, so we doubled back. Way too much trash unfortunately; leave no trace.

6 months ago

insanely gorgeous views. spent hours taking photos and walking the waterside.

Great little trail. Nice white water falls. The falls are a popular place to take some photos. Very scenic!

11 months ago


Sat Oct 27 2018

very pretty, and a great place to take pictures.

Wed Oct 24 2018

Really beautiful. Short distance to get to shutins

Wed Aug 22 2018

Well worth the short, easy hike!

Thu Jul 19 2018

we have been here a couple of times for short hikes when we just wanted to get out for awhile with the dogs. it is very easy to hike and the views are so beautiful.. Bring your camera.

Sun May 13 2018

This trail is not an out and back trail, once you reach the shutins there is a trail that goes up into some rocky glens, and loops back around to the parking lot. We saw a bunch of lizards and skinks up there! Even some cactus?! The shutins themselves are gorgeous, we scrambled up the rocks on the north (east) side of the river and found a way back across downstream. I honestly can't wait to go back and explore, Amidon CA seems to be much bigger than just that one little stretch of river.

Sat Jul 29 2017

Beautiful area - climbed on the rocks to get pictures - was a fun time

Tue Jun 27 2017

beautiful area. Better during off season. Can get a little trash ridden throughout the busy season unfortunately.

Fri Jun 16 2017

On one side it is pretty, but on the other, it was like going into a trailer full of roaches. People were everywhere and loud. It probably is amazing during the off season. BTW, I'm not saying people are roaches, just there were a lot of people.

Mon May 29 2017

Great little easy hike down to the best known swimming hole in SE Missouri. Beautiful Rock formations, chutes and rapids form swimming pools everywhere. Note to self, don't come here on Memorial Day.

Thu Apr 27 2017

My absolute favorite park to visit in Missouri!!! I actually don't tell everyone because it's my little hidden spot that not everyone knows about!!! Awesome swimming spot!

Wed Apr 05 2017

We came here to hike and seen a few reviews online that sparked our attention! Ended up loving it! It's definitely a hidden jewel. I strongly suggest following the directions to get there. Amazing terrain and a few great Geo-cache sites available!

Wed Nov 09 2016

This is a great (short) hike to get a peek at the Castor River Shut-Ins. It's only about a 1 mile loop to the Shut-Ins and back, but you can do more exploration off the trail if you wish. Also known as "Pink Rock", Amidon has lots to offer -- especially in the Summer when you can swim -- but also in the Spring and Fall if you are looking for a quick trip to get some fresh air. The trail itself is not paved, but it is fairly even terrain (not really stroller or wheelchair friendly). I see lots of folks walking their dogs too! My only complaint is that I wish it were longer.

Fri Oct 28 2016

Really it's just a nice path to the great Castor Shut-in. Well worth it to explore or swim in the summer

Fri Sep 09 2016

Fun little trail with great views

Mon Aug 29 2016

Love it. Trail is beautiful and the swimming hole is perfect. So relaxing.

Fri Jul 15 2016

beautiful place!

Sun May 29 2016

Amazing river! Mild Rapids roll over beautiful pink boulders. The trail is well kept to the swimming areas. Past that the loop is a little less traveled but still beautiful! Bring swim shoes (very slick rocks!)

Sun Feb 21 2016

Loved it! Beautiful trail, gorgeous water. Dog friendly.

Sat Oct 24 2015

It was a decent trail, runs along the Castor River Shut-ins. The trail is kind of hard to follow after you pass the first big pool though and is grown over a bit. I last went during the early summer though so I might try it this winter to see if the trail is better. There were also some primitive camp sites. Make sure you check in with the conservation dept before you camp there though. Good swimming hole there too!

Fri Nov 28 2014

This trail is named the cedar glade trail. It is more decriptive to refer it to the shut-ins. Great summr destination. Natural water play ground.

Sat Jun 14 2014

We arrived early in the morning and almost had the place to ourselves. It was incredible. The water was amazing. Hiked the trail before the crowds came in.

Fri Aug 06 2010

Castor River Shut ins flow through the area, enjoyed a great swim in the shut ins

15 days ago

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