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Lower Rock Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately 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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 495 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

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, and there are many nice areas to camp.

Parking along jeep trail best you can. Their are a couple unofficial backpack camps along the creek about 2 miles in. No other services.

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.

From St. Louis you get on 55 south to 67 south. Take that all the way through Fredericktown until you get to MO E. Go west (right) on E for about 8 miles, and pretty soon after you cross the bridge over the St. Francois River, you will come to County Road 511, on your right hand side. Turn right on CR 511 and take that past the fields on either side about half a mile. The road will incline down and there is a little concrete bridge that goes over a creek. Almost immediately past the bridge on the left is a dirt jeep trail. That is the road to the parking area and trailhead. Take that for almost half a mile until you get to an old gate, with the same stream you crossed over just beyond it. This is where you park.

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Tricia Moody
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HikingBugsOver grown

The “road” to the parking area has lots of big sharp rocks so I wouldn’t recommend driving it unless you are gutsy. Even in my Jeep I was wary. I also recommend downloading the map before you go Because there is absolutely no service and even with the map downloaded I had to get back on the trail several times. It was extremely overgrown and had to crouch to hike the entire way to the creek, which you finally find about halfway through. To be honest I was super let down and had the creek been spectacular I would have rated the trail higher. It’s a pass for me.

Jon Spray
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky
Emma Schumacher
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Hiking

Super overgrown and nestled back on what could be a dangerous road for approaching the trail. Felt extremely unsafe. Would not recommend.

Hiking Honkey
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown

To be clear, there is nothing clear about this trail. We took/made a different path. Took a fork left, which featured a steep hill with 600 ft elevation gain. The view at the top wasn't terrible but expected a bit more. Looped around Joyce Mountain and Mill Hill. Was a hot one today but the hike was worth it because we didn't see anyone on what we call "Bullsh!t Mountain". Ended at 4.8 miles for the out and back, with 850 ft elevation gain. -HH

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Abbigail Nicholson
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HikingBlowdownOver grown
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Shelly Roberds
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HikingScramble

Awesome good trail! Some gravel! Little rocky in spots

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Romulo Rubio
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Hiking

The trail is easy to follow to Lower Rock Creek. Once you there you can follow the banks and then the trail fades to a foot path that fades in and out of sight. It was a very scenic area!

casey davidson
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Joshua Webb
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HikingBlowdownBugsOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

So to start off, this trail isn’t maintained and you basically make your own trail once you get to the water. So if you want a trail with amenities or if you’re scared of bugs and scraped knees this isn’t for you. That being said I rated the trail 5 stars. Park on the road if you’re in a car. It takes a little over a mile to get to the water. From there you walk along the stream and choose your own path. The first half mile along the water is pretty easy (some small kids were there w/ parents.). Then it gets a little rougher as you get into the woods. I stopped maybe 1/4 mile before the end of the trail due to vegetation and the fact I was pleased with the hike and didn’t feel a need to push it for such little distance. There are some nice holes to swim it when you get further back but most people seemed to stop at the woods (water is low there) so it was secluded the further back I went. Rock formations and shut ins are beautiful all along the trail. It was fun scrambling and was a great experience. I almost didn’t go because of the reviews talking about snakes but I didn’t see one and had my Collie with me (mid April so cotton mouth breeding season). Oh if you bring a dog I recommend they be able to jump pretty high and be confident doing so. There were multiple 4+ foot verticals that my Border Collie had to clear. Vegetation was starting to grow again when I went in April (lots of limbs and plants to the face/shin). I imagine it’s brutal in the summer so I would take that into consideration. Pink rocks are slippery but if you’re wanting something unique I highly recommend this trail!

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Ben Lipe
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Fun hike along the creek. Trail starts out well marked but gets worse as you progress. Footing can be treacherous among the slick rocks. Be prepared to find your own way for the last half of the trail. Plenty of watering holes to cool off in on a hot summer day.

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Zach C.
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HikingBlowdownOff trailScrambleWashed out

Trail isn’t the easiest to follow. Lots of downed trees across the trail and it’s not marked well. Still had fun though. A couple spots have some really neat views and lots of water access. No bugs out yet which was a big plus!

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