Dillard Mill Walk

EASY 11 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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kid friendly

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river

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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.

hiking
3 days ago

There are actually two trails here. One is an easy and 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 on this trail 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 picturesque 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 mushroom and a baby Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on the ground just off the trail.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

9 months ago

I enjoyed this little adventure with my little boys. peaceful

hiking
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.

walking
Sunday, October 06, 2013

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

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

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

8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

fishing
Monday, January 25, 2016