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Prairie Hollow Gorge Trail is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Eminence, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 62 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Nature trips Walking Forest River Waterfall Rocky
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As soon as you turn onto the Old road, park on the left hand side where there is a tiny parking area, then walk down the road to the trailhead. You’ll walk about 0.3 miles down a hill and at the bottom is a small bridge. There is also a small parking area to the left of the bridge, otherwise the road is narrow with no shoulder. The trailhead is to the right of the bridge and very hard to see, just a small metal sign. The trail is very short and just kind of ends, then you will have to scramble up the boulders as far as you can go. The waterfalls can be dry depending on the time of the year. The trail is a classic example of an igneous gorge with sheer canyon walls, shut-ins, talus slopes and igneous glades in the Current River Hills region. The cliffs tower up to 100 feet tall with the surrounding hill towering over 300 feet adjacent to the Hollow.

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National Park Service Contact: Ozark National Scenic Riverways Contact Phone: 573-323-4236

At the junction of Highways 19 and 106 in Eminence, travel east on Highway 106 for about 5 miles and turn left (north) onto Highway V. Follow Highway V for about 2.25 miles to an old road on the right (east). The intersection of this old road and Highway V is the northwest corner of the natural area. You can park along the old road and hike the road down to the stream and follow it up into Prairie Hollow Gorge.

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Cheri Lopatin
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Go on gravel road to get to trail. Trail itself is fairly easy, but when you get to the boulders, make your own path. 

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Asher Wilkinson
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Well first of all it was hard to find the trail head. We walked down the creek the wrong way from the little bridge for a long time and then right as we were about to give up and go back in the car we saw it to our right. Very small little metal sign. Right by the bridge though. Then we went down the trail, it was really short, had a lot of leaves on it, doesn’t look like very many people walk on it. I would not suggest going on this trail unless it has rain a lot in the last couple days. When we got there, there was no waterfall, just a little stream and a tiny little tiny tiny drip

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Luci Murphy
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Trail turned into walking up a stream and was very rocky. Trailhead is very poorly marked. However, we saw a river otter so it made the trip worth it.

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Jessica Knobeloch
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We followed the “getting there” directions and as soon as we turned onto the old road, we parked on the left hand side where there was a tiny parking area, then walked down the road to the trailhead. You’ll walk about 0.3 miles down a hill and at the bottom is a small bridge. There is also a small parking area to the left of the bridge, otherwise the road is narrow with no shoulder. The trailhead is to the right of the bridge and very hard to see- just a small metal sign. The trail is very short and just kind of ends, then we scrambled up the boulders as far as we could go. Watch for snakes! Lots of perfect areas for copperheads to be curled up.

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Melinda Luber
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HikingScramble

this one held my attention. It’s a brief walk on a trail to the creek, then a diy scramble up the creek. Not sure how far others go.. i went up a little bit past the waterfall/cave/deeper pool in the trail pic. Really fun to explore.

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Stephanie Rohlfs-Young
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Fun short hike along the creek until you get to a place to rock scramble into the gorge. The trailhead is hard to see from the road, but just to the right of the low water bridge. If you cross the bridge, you’ve gone too far.

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Doug Haselhorst
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HikingOff trailRocky

What a hidden GEM this is for Missouri The road to access this is just after the “Ozark National Senic Waterway” sign.Road is a little rough but you can park at the top and walk down.Well worth the little extra hike.Be careful the rocks are slick and best after a rain to get the waterfalls running.ENJOY

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Amanda Stevens
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HikingOver grown

No signs to say where the trail is. Bad dirt road and then there was no waterfall at all. And the trail was a mess.

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Conway Hawn
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The trail is short and parallels a small stream. It ends at some boulders and a small waterfall. If you continue to scramble over the boulders further up the stream the walls of the gorge get steeper and the waterfalls become larger. The trail starts across the road from the parking area.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Justin Smith
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My new favorite spot!

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Glyn Dix
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

More than worth the drive to find this place. Trail is off to the right as you approach the creek.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Great hike up a steep Ravine, well worth the trip.

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Alexandra Skaggs
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Shawn Jenner
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Alyssa Bressi
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Julie Frick
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Sara Picone
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Nicole Hemingway
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Drake Drummond
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