Pickle Springs Natural Area

MODERATE 352 reviews

Pickle Springs Natural Area is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Farmington, 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: 311 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Pickle Springs Natural Area: Trail through time was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. It features unique rock outcroppings, wet weather creekcrossings, seasonal waterfalls, bluff overlooks and shallow caves. If you like unique and unusual rock formations, this trail provides just that, in addition to ample wildlife spotting opportunities. The trail is well maintained, there are some steep uphill climbs, and several bridged creek crossings.

hiking
10 days ago

Wow, a lot of packed into this short hike, remarkable rock formations, falls, outcroppings, shallow sand, pine glades. Very well blazed and maintained; steps, erosion control, benches, observation areas. Pleased to say there were no spiders, tics, flies, skeeters, snakes or zombies this go around; deer flies buzzed, but did not land, was it the deep woods off working?

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

easy to follow - just look for white blazes.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the large boulders and level of challenge. Felt like I was in the GSM. Unfortunately the trail is not marked well and ended up getting lost in off shoots of trails. Nice couple showed us way out. 2.0 mile hike turned into 3.0 hike. LOL I will return in fall.

running
1 month ago

Good trail nice scenery. The first part of the trail is poorly marked ran the loop twice and the first 3/4 mile was different both times but both ways led to the same path. The second half is clearly marked. Lots of cobwebs but the second lap was great since I already ate them all the first time around. This was August 1st around 7am I didn’t have any ticks on me. If I lived around here I would run this trail every day

hiking
1 month ago

this trail had so much variety! very gorgeous and wonderful! surprises around every bend. beautiful toads too. rock formations

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure you have a map easy to get off track and lost. Not marked well at all. Found one tick on me but I used tea tree oil before starting. Take water with you and small snack. Otherwise a great hike. Watch for snakes on rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorites in Missouri. Read the board at the beginning of the trail to appreciate the history of the area as you hike through it. Look out for the white markers and start from the left. We missed some markers and went off the path a couple of times - fun detours nonetheless.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful - 100% worth the drive (from Eureka,MO).

hiking
2 months ago

Easy beautiful hike. I take my dog on walks here and she loves it too.

hiking
3 months ago

Fabulous day & fabulous Trail! Woods nature water and good friends!

3 months ago

Such an ancient park to hike through. A wonderful experience. There's large monolithic rocks, cliffs, indentations, and waterfalls which are evident depending on the rain. It's well marked with white markers on the trees. I've uploaded several pictures demonstrating this. A challenging, but not overly difficult trail.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This was a very awesome hike however every easy to get off the main path. We ended up at the furthest end of the hike and ended up walking just shy of 3 miles. But super pretty.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike. One of the coolest hikes I've been on. Lots of waterfalls and rock formations. You won't be disappointed. Trail is really easy to follow with the white painted on the trees ever so often

hiking
bugs
off trail
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Really great hike with lots of different views, textures, and variation.

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best short trails in the area. Natural rock features including waterfalls and bluffs. Great place to spend an afternoon with the kids.

5 months ago

Amazing hike. Super interesting rock formations. Not a hard hike at all! will definitely be back

hiking
5 months ago

Fun, quick hike that kids and dogs will enjoy.

hiking
bugs
closed
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

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