Silver Mine Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Silver Mine Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

whitewater kayaking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

Silver Mines trail follows the banks of the St. Francis River where it cuts a rugged canyon through granite bluffs overlooking its rocky course through the mountains. Historic remains of mines and rock dam are found on the trail. The trail starts off on the east side of the St. Francis River with a grueling uphill climb over rocky terrain until you reach the Silver Mine Dam. The dam sits below the trail and takes a rocky scramble to get down to the water and back up. The trail then drops to Turkey Creek and a picnic area. The trail stays relatively flat and easy past Turkey Creek and continues to follow the river to Mill Stream Garden.

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6 months ago

Dam was washed out on side. You can't cross it. Lots of down trees and growth into the trail on the side by the camp host. On the other side of the river it was much better.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Can't wait to go back.

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hiking
10 months ago

This was one of my more favorite short hikes in Missouri. I had no issues with the trails being grown over or anything, although it was February.

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Neat area to get lost and explore for a day. Many connecting Trails. Tiemann is a must add while on this trail.

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Great area to explore. Many Connecting trails

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Hike this trail in the fall or spring when the leaves are off the trees. Also, when you get to Turkey Creek, KEEP GOING up the river to Millstream Gardens. You have spectacular views of the river between turkey creek and Millstream gardens when the leaves are off the trees. Just a awesome hime if you hike it at the right time of year.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

If u don't stay in the campground, the day use fee to walk the .04 mile trail is a required fee of $2 cash. If u ignore that or try to park outside the day use area you'll find the cranky campground owner inquiring as to why you're loitering just to look up a different park.Not even AN ATM was offered, but a grumpy man telling us he spends a lot of time mowing the side of the road that we are parked on outside the day use area.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It was an ok hike with one or two nice places to stop and enjoy the scenery, however for the most part the trails are dilapidated and over run. I don't know where this 1.9 mile hike was considering there are multiple trails and very very few signs to lead you in the right direction. Per gps I went 4.34 miles.


Pros: a good long hike next to a river. Swimming is possible sometimes along with fishing and maybe camping in a few very small areas.

Cons: I did not do any research on this hike before going, I just saw and went (disclaimer).
There are several trails and several signs pointing this way and that way with cool names but NO distance indicators! Super frustrating. I don't know if I'm going down a 20 mile hike or it's just around the bend.

The trails are wild! Bring a damn machete!

They charge you just to park! Granted it's only two bucks but wtf.

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

We camped here and hiked the river trail. Beautiful place, rugged yet easy trail. Climbed down the rocks and stopped along the water for a snooze in the sun, and watched the kayakers take some rapids. Would definitely come back!