Pickle Springs Natural Area

MODERATE 187 reviews

Pickle Springs Natural Area is a 1.9 mile moderately 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Had a nice day here with my kids.

hiking
24 days ago

Even in January the trail is beautiful.

hiking
27 days ago

This is a hidden gem and well worth the trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Cool rock formations

hiking
4 months ago

great hike. really cool rock formations and caves to explore. my only downfall was the crowd. it was pretty congested. parking lot was full plus some. I will do again but maybe when it's not such a nice day so not as many people will be there.

4 months ago

I love this trail. Best kept secret outside of Saint Louis. It's like Elephant Rock meets Garden of the Gods (Illinios)

hiking
4 months ago

I had a great time. Kind of lost the path at one point but no big deal.

5 months ago

Great shirt hike and a beautiful area!

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike. A couple decent views. Great rock formations. Couple of streams.

5 months ago

This hike features natural springs, spectacular rock formations, scenic overlooks, and remarkable foliage. Love the variety of ferns! The "Trail Through Time" has a prehistoric feel as you explore canyons, caves, and creeks and climb through sandstone arch structures. One of the more interesting trails in Missouri.

5 months ago

One of our favorite hikes. I agree with several commenters that in a few places the main trail is not always obvious due to branch trails and shortcut trails. In general you will know within 100ft if you have left the main trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail. Took my wife and 5 kids on the trail. Kids all loved it!!

6 months ago

No falls running today. But very pretty trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Even though this is a looped trail there are several smaller trails that look very similar to the main trail, very easy to get off the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail,lots to see and explore.

7 months ago

trail was poorly marked. 4 families including ourselves were turned around searching for the trail for 30 min or more.

hiking
8 months ago

Really fun area to hike, but busy on weekends. Kids would love this place. Neat rock formations including arches. Pickle Springs is simple, but tranquil. On a day that wasn't busy, I could really relax here.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of trees down covering the trail but there are beaten tracks around them.

8 months ago

My kids love doing the trail here. Lots of pretty things to see.

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely have to check out the double arches!

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