Lower Rock Creek Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Lower Rock Creek Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fredericktown, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

6.2 miles 895 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

When you pass the gate, turn immediately to the left (south), cross the stream and follow the trail back to the creek, then travel right (west) the best you can on the north side of the creek. An unofficial trail comes and goes. The tumbling creek and high bluffs make this a wonderful area. Many nice areas to camp.

8 days ago

favorite place in missouri

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome spot with tons of off trail exploring. Definitely some challenging terrain in the area but nothing too difficult. I will certainly be returning this summer

backpacking
21 days ago

One of the best trails in the state, no doubt about it. Very rugged and remote. Camped at the second camp site (the furthest one upstream) and it was a perfect location. Amazing rhyolite formations! Can't wait to go back and climb up the sides of the hills to get a good look at the ravine.

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. The trail frequently crosses boulder piles/talus slopes and you may need to cross the creek occasionally.

hiking
28 days ago

This is such a great hike! Some of the most untouched land around! Whoever rates this less than a 5 is crazy. Maybe they're trying to keep it to their self!? Trees down and lightly trafficked trail is what makes it fun! The trail is obvious enough through the woods to the creek so don't worry about that.

You can bushwhack down stream to where it meets the river or go upstream to Cathedral Canyon (recommended).

Tips: Go here on a warm winter day to avoid snakes and wear waterproof shoes!

hiking
29 days ago

Rough Road, Trail is hard to find and hard to maintain trail. What an amazing area if you can get there.

1 month ago

1 month ago

beautiful area, though not a maintained trail it was packed down well enough to easily see the way. went after a rain and there were many waterfalls

3 months ago

7 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Go if you want a rugged yet rewarding experience. A few things you should note if you want to hike here:

1. There is rugged "Jeep trail" to the "trail head." If you have a small car you may want to park out on 511 and walk in.
2. There is no official trail maintained by any park service. The path to the creek isn't obvious.
3. Once you get to the creek, there is no trail. There are a few beaten paths in some areas, but you will be choosing your own path most of the time. If you follow a beaten path going out, there is no guarantee you will find it coming back. You will be taking frequent tree twigs to the face.
4. The pink rock is extremely slippery when wet. Losing your footing can result in a fall onto other jagged rocks or a slide down into the creek.
5. There are lots of dangerous snakes in the area.

1 year ago

there are two trails. when you start the hike, go left. that's the real trail. it will take you to the st Francis river. very beautiful. only a few miles total. of you go right at the beginning of the trailhead, it'll take you straight up the hill. very steep. while it was a fun trail and ended up doing about 5 miles on that portion, the trail completely disappears in any direction.

1 year ago

Fun

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Did not like this hike at all. Downed trees at every turn and constantly having to work around that and the trail was flooded at one point. Also difficult to follow the trail. No markings. Also no trail head markings or place to park.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful area. Stream & rock formations - with small waterfalls throughout. Explored both up stream & downstream. Gorgeous hike & canyon. And in the winter - no snakes - yea!

hiking
2 years ago

Wonderful scenic area with tumbling creek, waterfalls, tall cliffs, great backpacking and camping area. Won't disappoint.

hiking
2 years ago

Difficult trail marked and unmarked areas, some bushwacking, some rock hopping...not for the beginner. Awesome views for sure.

hiking
5 years ago

camping
6 years ago

This place was great! There trail is cake and the creek is way cool. not sure if it is running year round. I went in the spring and it was full. Obviously. Oh, and watch out for snakes...