Hickory Canyons Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 71 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.

0.9 miles
183 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips







wild flowers



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.

22 days 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.

2 months ago

Beautiful on 01/05/18
Ice falls are awesome

2 months ago

Beautiful canyon with lots of little waterfalls. Unmarked trails

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

Beautiful rock formations.

7 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.

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

amazing views, lots of big rock bluffs.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

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!

Monday, January 23, 2017

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

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

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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

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

Monday, August 22, 2016


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.

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.

Monday, November 09, 2015

good trail for the whole family....most impressive scenery you can get in a mile and a half....i will be back..

Friday, October 23, 2015

Awesome trail! The road to get to the area feels like you are trespassing but well worth the drive! Both trails were great. It would be awesome to see when the weather is damp as there are some waterfalls!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Nice little canyon. Be sure and do trail through time, Pickle springs natural area. It is just a couple miles down the road.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

This a nice and easy hike. There is a short .5 mile out and back trail on one side of the road. This hike leads past several rocky bluffs and overhangs. There is a large waterfall at the end of this hike if it has been raining alot. On the other side of the road is a one mile loop. It also has deep canyons, a stream running through it, and other interesting rock formations.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This trail is comprised of two trails. One is a half mile out and back and the other is a 1 mile loop. Steep hills with stunning views. The half mile trail ends in a box canyon with a huge waterfall during the wet season. Many caves and ferns growing in the crevices of rocks. The mile loop has it all from hill top views, caves to springs and creeks.

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