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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.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 311 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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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.

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Mo. Dept. of Conservation. 1-800-379-2419

From Farmington, Mo., go east on 32 to AA turn right go 1.5 miles turn left at sign

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Ashley Nicole
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Heavily trafficked but I can see why. Beautiful scenery and great trail.

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Jim Ott
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chris Eilers
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Kim Kotraba
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Kelly Dunlap
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Please, be respectful of this trail.

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Chase Hallemann
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Awesome adventure!

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JT Taylor
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Beautiful hike!

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M Rhives
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Beautiful! One of my favorites!

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Jennifer Moll
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Great trail!!! So much to see here

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Kathryn Eggimann
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Trail was in good shape. Lots of fun points of interest along the way!

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Whitney Payne
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Great afternoon hike. The springs are low right now, so definitely go after it rains. The trails are not super well marked, so make sure to pay attention or use a tracker.

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Sarah Bassett
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A lot of beautiful and fun rock formations for a hike this distance and the up and down was a nice way to get moving. Worth a mini trip here if you're in the area.

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John Fitch
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Tiffany Larkin
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Hot & lots of steep hills be sure to bring trekking poles if possible

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James Arnott
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Shannon Crowder
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Great Trail with lots of variety! Rock formations, water, and lots of areas to explore. It was a little crowded, but we went on a holiday weekend, and everyone was very respectful of keeping groups spaced out. Not buggy at all. We can't wait to go back!

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Devin Gray
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great family trail.

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A T
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Crowded, but spectacular.

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Mark Davenport
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Mike Rejniak
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The trail is in great shape. Rock formations, caves, waterfalls, this trail has it all! Not very difficult. Great hike!

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Beth Partney
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Julie Lindstrom
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A gem of a hike. Nice rock formations. A nice view at the top and a small waterfall. Very interesting the whole way

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Big Yummy
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Lots of neat rock formations. The trail gets confusing at the last observation deck.

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Michele Clark
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Wow! One of my favorite trails in MO. Worth a day trip from St Louis. So much variety of terrain and features packed into a one hour hike. Elevation change is not significant, but is nearly constant.

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Clara Valentine
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Cute little trail. The waterfall wasn't flowing but it was pretty none the less. This was basically no elevation.

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Janice Virant
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Beautiful! Lots of gorgeous rock Formations, little spring, and gorgeous viewpoint!

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Dan V
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Busy

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Matt Kuhn
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Great rock features

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Ashley Bryant
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