Devil's Kitchen Trail

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Devil's Kitchen Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cassville, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






Beautiful walk along the bluffs above roaring river. Devil's Kitchen's name is derived from an odd rock outcrop that formed a roomlike enclosure. According to legend, this room, which has since collapsed, was used as a hideout by Civil War guerrillas. This is a beautiful, brisk walk around the bluffs at roaring river, with limestone bluffs, ledges, caves and springs. It is considered by many to be a favorite walk around the park and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna native to the area. Fishing is good so do not forget to grab your pole along with your gps and stay a while and enjoy the great outdoors here.

1 day ago

Wife and I just walked this on vacation. I wouldn’t call it a hike as much as a walk. Big hilly sections though. My suggestion when you get to the loop... go right. The pools in the picture were more the creek outside the trail though not in the trail.

1 month ago

It was a fun trail but more of just a walk with stairs. I wouldn't classify it as a true trail to hike. Close to the hwy so I could hear traffic. Took away from my purpose for being out in nature.

3 months ago

Nice overall hike. Bit of a steep climb early on. The trail does run parallel to the road for a stretch so the sound of the cars took away from feeling out in nature. Other trails in the area making it easy to do several while you are out there. Be prepared to fight for parking with people fishing if you go on the weekends during season.

4 months ago

Beautiful area. Frequently patrolled and safe. Great family campground.

5 months ago

Nice trail for a fun, easy hike.

6 months ago

So much park, so little daylight! I will be back to adventure.

6 months ago

Hiked the trail backwards starting at the trail head across the bridge from the old lodge. Much more enjoyable running the numbers from 9-1. After you master all the steps to the top, it's mostly downhill making for a faster hike so there is more time to look at the stopping points.

7 months ago

Wow! Excellent workout

7 months ago

Amazing trail! Beautiful rock formations.

7 months ago

Nice hike, nothing special

9 months ago

amazing trail! fairly challenging...and very scenic! nice caves and has a small waterfall also!

9 months ago

Short hike with a few rock outcroppings that are interesting, but nothing extraordinary.

9 months ago

Great hike but its an uphill climb so be prepared. Nice caves, bluffs and springs. Before you hike pick up a map at the nature center that tells about the numbered sites as well as the other trails at the park. Very well marked and easy to follow.

10 months ago

Re-hiked this trail with grand kids. Good intro hike, some nice rock formations

11 months ago

nice trail with a good variation but bring a stick to clear spiders from blocking the trail

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Good trail, not too difficult. A fair amount to see.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

really loved this trail very pretty

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Great trail, short and sweet with a lot of cool sites to see.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

fantastic trail with all the fall colors in november!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Beautiful, well maintained. Challenging steady elevation at times. Pretty bluffs. Will hike again.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

This was a great challenging little trail, with a lot of fun things to see along the way. Would go again for sure!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Really enjoyed this one, will do it again.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Great Trail! Beautiful in the Fall. Not too long, not too short. Has some really cool rocks to climb around on. I like to get to the top of one and just sit and take it all in.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Really enjoyed this trail. Some neat rock climbing areas. Definitely would hike this trail again.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Completed this trail several years back while visiting the fish hatchery. A very pretty area. The trail is steep in sections, and a cool cave with some cool history.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Good hike for the family.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

One of my favorite trails this is a great Park to hike in some places were a little steep getting Around but this is a great place for peace and quiet and to do some thinking to clear your mind and Devils kitchen area are some really fascinating looking rocks I would recommend this to everyone

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Love this trail! A bit of hills but worth it for the creek, caves, rocks and beauty. We like to hike it counter clockwise. My kids began hiking it around ages 5 & 7. Bring water and a snack.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Did this trail on the with our Boy Scouts as part of the 1st Day hike. (Jan 1st) State park staff lead the hike. Great trail, went counter clockwise, was an easier trip. Really liked that there are caves on the trail. And the Boys loved climbing around on the Kitchen area.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Great for kids and new hikers. A little exploring is available and overall easy trail.

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