Devil's Honeycomb Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews

Devil's Honeycomb Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Irondale, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Devil's Honeycomb trail is a hiking trail that is half forest with glades, savanna, and old fields. A unique geologic formation known as Devil's honeycomb is comprised of polygonal columns of rhyolite and can be found at the area's highest point. The rocks were once liquefied by ancient volcanoes associated with the St. Francois Mountains. Some of the molten rock contracted and cracked as it cooled to create multi-sided columns. A rhyolite formation, known locally as the Devils Honeycomb, is one of Missouri's geologic wonders, and is the highest point on Hughes Mountain. The areas glades are natural openings on western or southern slopes and are dominated by native grasses and a variety of wildflowers. Glades occur where the soils are extremely thin and usually include areas of exposed bedrock. The thin soils, combined with the south and west exposure create a uniquely harsh habitat. 2/3 of the area is wooded. The forest is dominated by post and white oaks with areas of stunted specimens of blackjack oak and black hickory. Glade plants include little bluestem, broomsedge, poverty grass, the small but colorful flame flower, prickly pear cactus, yellow star grass, spiderwort, and wild hyacinth. Animals often found on these glades include fence lizards, collared lizards, lichen grasshoppers, and prairie warblers. Exposed rocks within glades are often covered with a variety of lichens.

hiking
13 days ago

Fantastic geological formation.

27 days ago

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28 days ago

The rare honeycomb formation on the plateau makes this hike worthwhile. Otherwise, it is a short, unremarkable hike. Nice views.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is well defined. There are two trails that split off, so you have to make sure you stay on the right trail. When you get to the top, the views are beautiful. The trail took about an hour to walk all the way to the top. Worth it. Bet time of the year to be in the area with all the trees changing colors. Also, there is no sign the says anything about "Devil's Honeycomb", the sign for the trail head reads "Hughes Mountain Natural Area, Missouri Dept of Conservation"

hiking
1 month ago

Views are amazing. Easy hike even with little ones.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

great hike awesome views when you get to the rock mountain very peaceful.cant wait to do it again

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1 month ago

2 months ago

It is a bit of a work out, but worth the hike.

2 months ago

Fantastic views! Make sure you go to the very top even though it looks like the trail ends.

2 months ago

loved this!

2 months ago

Loved it such a short easy hike for some magnificent views!

3 months ago

I go here a lot. There are only 3 other places in the world that compare to the unique rocks you will see here. The others are The Devils Causeway in Ireland, and The Devils Tower in Wyoming.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Cool trail to hike. The rock formations were beautiful and the view was amazing.

4 months ago

A great trail to experience! Wear good hiking shoes for climbing on the rocks.

4 months ago

A great trail to experience! Wear good hiking shoes for climbing on the rocks.

4 months ago