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Dillard Mill Walk is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherryville, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

1.4 miles
314 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching






wild flowers



Dillard Mill Trail is a pleasant meandering walk from the parking lot to the operating mill. It passes a small creek, a shaded picnic area, the scenic Ozark Huzzah creek, all along the way to historic mill in a picturesque setting. Dillard Mill is a red mill set on the blue waters of Huzzah Creek is as pretty a picture as there is in Missouri, and thats the setting for Dillard Mill State Historic Site. The site interprets one of the states best-preserved gristmills, completed in 1908. Most of the machinery in the mill is still intact and original to the building. If you like the outdoors, the sites location on Huzzah Creek in the Ozarks provides plenty of opportunities to fish, hike, picnic or just dream about the past. This trail runs up a steep grade and loops through an area of glades and upland forests. There will be some low-hanging vegetation. Rocks and/or roots will be in the trail and parts of the trail are made of wood or stone steps. Some grades and inclines are more than 10 percent and there are natural bluffs or drop-offs next to the trail. A bridge crosses one stream and may be slippery even in dry weather. There is also a water crossing at Huzzah Creek without a bridge and during periods of high water, this part of the trail is inaccessible to all. The reward is a scenic view from a bluff overlooking the barn-red mill and the pond.

30 days ago

It says "easy" but it must be talking about the trail to the mill and not the "mill view trail" which is VERY steep. Once on top of the hill, the trail meanders from trail marker to marker. You can tell it isn't traveled often as the trail is covered and not very worn. That being said, I LOVED IT! It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting. Even took a tour of the mill. Keep in mind you must cross the creek to get to the trail. It got just above my knees but, we have had recent rains so it was up and pretty fast. Apparently it is usually ankle/shin deep. GO SEE THIS PLACE. ITS GREAT.

1 month ago

Keep the app running or you’ll easily get lost. I apparently strolled off into private property and had to jump a fence to get back into the park. Besides that a quick easy trail

4 months ago

The mill is beautiful. didn't do the trail because of the cold water. definitely need water boots to cross over.

11 months ago

There are actually two trails here. One is a wide chat trail out and back to the mill. It is 1/4 mile in length and starts at a kiosk in the parking lot next to the cemetery. Half way to the mill the trailhead for Mill View Trail may be found off the left side of the trail and at the north end of the lake. Mill View Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail that crosses the creek (you will get your feet wet) and ascends to an overlook of the dam and mill. After that the trail continues ascending up to a bluff overlook of Huzzah Creek before entering forest. There are several tall pines along the trail. In addition to the nice views, highlights of this trail were at least a dozen different species of fungi and a baby Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on the ground just off the trail.

Monday, April 09, 2018

This is a short easy walk to a beautiful Mill. Loved it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

After all the heavy rains we have had, the hiking trail was completely washed out.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I enjoyed this little adventure with my little boys. peaceful

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Had a great hike today! Lots of spiders keeping us company right in the trail path!! But a beautiful place to see and hike the trail.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A serene and beautiful step back in time. We decided to fish in the pond and watch the sunset near the mill.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Dillard Mill historic site is a functioning mill. Great setting, great history, beautiful area. Many great hikes in the area.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Nice little trail offering scenic views of historic Dillard mill. Gives a nice loop with overlook of Huzzah Creek.

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