Walking Fern Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Stanton, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 114 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

river

rocky

The Walking Fern trail follows the base of several bluffs which leads to the entrance to Indian Cave. Beyond the cave the trail continues through heavy timber to the ridge of the bluff line before descending back to the valley floor. Indian cave is small. It goes back about 100 ft.

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3 months ago

Very good trail with beautiful views

4 months ago

nice hike

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5 months ago

The wildflowers were beautiful! (Mid-April)

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10 months ago

Only thing that would make this trail better is if it was longer. Starts very steep by the Fisher cave bldg going up and along the top of the bluffs. Ends by following the bluffs at the bottom, with even a cave you can go into by climbing the staircase half way up the cliff.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Short trail with interesting features.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Short but fun trail. The trail is steep and rocky in parts and passes mostly through forest, although there is one overlook of the valley below. The bluffs and Indian Cave are interesting. The cave is one of the few in the park you can still walk back into.

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Monday, April 09, 2018

Fun trail with the kids. They loved the little cave up the hill and played there for a while.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Pretty, shaded trail to walk. Cave/rock formations were near to explore, and the trail was easy to follow on the summertime. Terrain was a little rocky.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

It was a great and short trail! Loved the cave part

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nice walk with the kids. Took about 45 minutes to complete walk, and thats with stopping to explore large cave. Bring mosquito repellent.

Monday, November 30, 2015

It was a really fun hike, the cave and bluffs were awesome. We also did the Deer Run train right next to it, it wasn't that great but still a really fun trail.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Great little hike! Lots of stairs and steep grades but my six year old loved it!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Walking Fern trail is a short hike that has a lot in 1/2 mile. Small cave, nice bluff, rock formations, valley overlook, and timber. Great for kids.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

recorded Walking Fern Trail

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