Clifty Creek Natural Area Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dixon, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Clifty Creek trail is a 2.5 loop trail with the primary attraction being a natural bridge with a span of forty ft. Enroute to the natural bridge you pass through old growth Hickory and Oak timber, limestone Ozark glades, and cliffs overlooking Clifty Creek and you cross the creek twice. A very scenic 2.5 mile loop hiking trail leads from the conservation area parking lot to the natural bridge and back. A hiker can choose to take the loop, or can choose to go and come from the arch via the same trail portion. The trail has an intersection one-tenth of a mile from the parking lot. The right fork in the trail is an additional one mile to the arch; if you choose the left fork the arch is 1.4 miles away - one way. Both forks are very scenic and traverse some very interesting natural features.
Nice afternoon hike. Not many hikers today, making much more enjoyable. Great for dogs!
We hiked this trail in late March. The weather was ideal and the trail was very scenic. The river was a great feature to walk alongside for the majority of the hike. In some parts you could even hear the babbling brooks. I would say that the hike was just as advertised (moderate). The hike was just long enough without being too much. The natural rock arch was beautiful. There were many different varieties of trees to view and the inclines were never too difficult. It took us nearly 2.5 hrs. to complete. We stopped for some photos and leisurely walked on some parts.
I would definitely go again and would highly recommend. This trail was one of our favorites out of many in that area of Missouri.
I've hiked this trail 3 times and I love it. It's an awesome trail.
Clifty Creek Conservation Area is a great place to take in an enjoyable, moderate hike that winds through a nice variety of Missouri terrain and geographical features. I've always found the trail to be well-marked and well-maintained. On nice weekend days, expect to encounter plenty of other hikers using the trail and expect that the rather small parking lot might be full. Go mid-week and you'll likely have the place all to yourself.
Great trail! Very well marked! Beautiful area.
We went in the late Fall when the trees had lost all of their leaves and the trail was completely covered making it hard to follow the trail. It would be nice if the trail was marked a little better, but the rock bridge was definitely worth it.
A great trail with two creek crossings! A natural stone arch is the highlight of the hike! Could be just a tad better marked but still some beautiful countryside to enjoy!!
It was an exceptionally warm Christmas Day hike and most enjoyable. It was warm enough that we encountered a painted box turtle on the trail. I give this place high marks. Beautiful scenery and a very nice trail. I was impressed with the moss and Christmas ferns growing on the trail cuts. Rocks in the creek bed were beautiful and interesting. Sandstone and banded chert were pretty. The natural bridge was great. I gave it five stars.
Nice parking area and a wonderful walk. Clearly marked, quiet with nice views. Made a great relaxing Afternoon.
So much fun! The trails wind down so you don't have to go up or down any strenuous hills or cliffs. Beautiful scenery!
It's long and a bit challenging.
It's 2.76 miles
Enjoyed every minute of the hike. Great trail loop, seems like at least 4 miles though not 2.7, lots to see.
Well marked trail. Small dirt parking lot that you could miss if you aren't paying attention.
This is a beautiful trail, but a little sketchy for kids. Many beautiful Missouri moments, with rock formations and river crossings. Some of the trail is on high cliffs which are often muddy, so just be aware if you take small children.
3.2 miles not 2.2. Crossed water twice, but beautiful and a little challenging which made it fun. Took my four daughters (5-16) and my hubby.