Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This trail though short has it all. There are actually two trails. One is a half mile trail and the other a one mile trail. Stunning terrain and rock formations.

1 month ago

Great hike - waterfall was running enough to create a pond for my dog to play in - it’s a short hike but lots of beauty out there

1 month ago

A little steep in spots, but a nice hike. Very pretty scenery! Wear your bug spray! Trail is narrow in spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Unfortunately the weather was too dry and the waterfall was nonexistent. The hike was great nonetheless with lots of rock formations. It is a very narrow path and even with the dry weather there are several small creeks to cross with muddy soft banks and slick rocks. Definitely a little more challenging for older hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

we love going there. its beautiful lush dense woods. beautiful falls after it rains. can be muddy and slippery. bring extra socks.

hiking
2 months ago

Both loops with water/falls. Very beautiful.

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4 months ago

The canyons and stream were beautiful. You're going to need to wear waterproof shoes after a ton of rain as the streams are not at all easy to cross here.

6 months ago

Beautiful on 01/05/18
Ice falls are awesome

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful canyon with lots of little waterfalls. Unmarked trails

7 months ago

loved this trail but one of the trails was really hard to follow with all the leaves. trails are not marked.

9 months ago

Beautiful rock formations.

hiking
11 months ago

No water off the falls today but still beautiful and a nice short hike. Beautiful rock formations. We will be back during the rainy season.

11 months ago

Great cliffs and kickass rock formations. Super fun and easy trail.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

amazing views, lots of big rock bluffs.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Very nice, but not super long. Glad it wasn't too busy. Some parts of the trail are very weedy and we saw lots of snakes and ticks, so pay attention.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

My favorite short hike in the Farmington area!! Gorgeous!!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Take note that this is a rugged trail for beginners. The scenery was beautiful but I was dissapointed that the waterfall was not flowing when we went, even though we have had rain in the area for a few days. Also, watch out for snakes-we encountered two copperheads on the trail. We will come back again to look at the waterfall.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

I loved it. Diverse terrain for such a short trail. Love all the water crossings.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

Absolutely beautiful even in February . Probably better in the spring or fall but worth the hike! There are actually 2 trails here one that goes down to the water fall and one on the same side as where you park!

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

Short Hike to Canyon. Trail across road also that we did not take. A lot of fun. Short and Spectacular.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Good easy hike. Took the kids very easy for them. Pretty views

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Loop trail can be bit rugged at times, but it is good little walk. Shorter trail is worth the quick walk down for the box canyon view.

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nice trail but it's only 1 mile. It even says so on the sign.

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

Nice hike down through canyons and back up. The trail can get a little rugged and hard to follow at times, but worth it. Went on both sides of the road. If you don't have much time or struggle with the rougher trails, take the half mile out and back.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Amazing! Every hiker in Missouri should hike this trail. It's short, but worth the drive.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised how much the views changed in such a short trail (I did the mile one). Very pretty, I'd love to go back after a heavy rainfall.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Short trail but it is beautiful, peaceful, and has a waterfall after rains.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beautiful

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

2 trails were not bad. Short 1/2 mile trail has some nice attractions for taking pictures. Longer 1 mile trail will give you a little workout. I recommend long pants or jeans. Trails were overgrown. You could make out the trail but in places vegetation was thick hard to see everything you are walking through. Short trail is right where you park. Longer trail across the street.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I'm not sure how this is a 3.9 mile trail. The trail is in two parts; a 1/4 mile segment and a 1 mile segment. It was nice enough but not worth a 20 or 30 minute drive from Farmington.

Pros: nice waterfall at the end of the 1/4 mile loop. Just make sure it's rained some or it's just a big rock and lots of mesquites.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The trail is in 2 parts, one on each side of the road. The 1/2 mile trail is easy and has a nice waterfall at the bottom. The 1 mile trail was moderate with lots of obstacles, downed trees across the trail, rock outcroppings, steep inclines and we had to cross the stream at least 5 times. Part of the trail was actually a runoff path so we had to walk through water for several yards. (it had been raining for days). And part is a little overgrown. One really nice thing, we were the only ones there.

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