Devil's Well

MODERATE 16 reviews

Devil's Well is a 0.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.1 miles
0 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




Devil's Well trail is a short walk to a spiral staircase descending down sinkhole leading to a view into an underground lake a hundred feet below the platform. This unusual "karst window" allows a look at the earth's plumbing. Devils Well was formed when the roof of a huge cavern, containing an underground lake, collapsed. The result was large sinkhole, with an opening in the bottom through which you can view the lake. The water level is about 100 feet below the platform, and the lake may be as much as 80 feet deep. (It can fluctuate 8 to 10 feet depending on the weather.)

14 days ago

Path was well maintained and easy to read. The well was a really neat site to see.

3 months ago

Short trail to stairs that lead down to an overlook where you can just see the surface of the largest underground natural lake in Missouri. The temperature drops at least ten degrees as you descend the stairs. A light activated by motion illuminates the lake surface.

6 months ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

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9 months ago

We found this place by chance a few years back. It was beautiful but had an eeriness to the location.

Monday, March 06, 2017

If your in the area, this is a must do! Take a flashlight to look down into the well.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Really neat!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

My wife and I found this place quite a few years ago just driving around. It is a very neat place to see. You will need to bring a flashlight for sure if you want to see down into the cavern.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The walk is short, the stair case may be challenging for some. Take a flash light. Their is a light switch at the bottom to show the lake but sometimes it is burned out. Not remarkable, but fun. This is also the trailhead to the Cave Spring loop trail leading to a cave you can canoe back into. This cave is also were the underground lake exits into the Current River.

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