Explore the most popular cave trails in Missouri with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
21 hours ago

As other reviews state, the map is for Spring Brook Trail, which is a mostly forested trail that crosses a creek and is rated moderate. Some extremely large oaks and sycamore trees can be found along this trail. It’s a 2.3 mile loop trail.

The Devil’s Icebox Trail is an easy half mile boardwalk trail that briefly runs next to the Spring Brook Trail and leads to a 63-foot-high Natural Bridge and Connor’s Cave. Connor’s Cave, of which you can explore the first 166 feet, is listed as a separate trail on this app but it uses the same boardwalk system as the one leading to the natural bridge.

Very nice hike with my 15 and 11 year old kiddos. Took the trail to the grotto and cave, very unique and certainly worth a couple of hours.

The loop trail and out and back trail to the cave total 5.3 miles. The loop trail mostly goes through forest but there are a couple of glades and some nice bluff views of the valley around the Current River.

Cave Spring is the highlight of the trail. Toward the bottom of the trail leading to the cave there are about 100 yards of stinging nettles that you will have to wade through before coming to the cave. You can then walk on a path back into the cave a little ways or stand in the Current River and enjoy the view of the cave and watch Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying about. The trail back to the trailhead follows for quite a ways what looks like an old logging road.

hiking
7 days ago

Short trail to stairs that lead down to an overlook where you can just see the surface of the largest underground natural lake in Missouri. The temperature drops at least ten degrees as you descend the stairs. A light activated by motion illuminates the lake surface.

hiking
8 days ago

Enjoyable, well used trail that is nicely blazed. The left portion of the loop will take you directly to bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. There are several short side trails from there that give different views of the river along the bluff. The remainder of the trail passes mostly through forest although there are several wet weather streams to cross as well as a couple of glades. The entrance to the Cathedral Cave is toward the beginning of the right portion of the loop but was locked when I passed by.

walking
14 days ago

Such a beautiful place. Yes it costs but the things they offer and the maintenance they do I'm sure costs them a fortune. I go to this trail every time I am in the area. Cannot say enough about the beauty of it.

beautiful views. love this trail

hiking
15 days ago

Good trails, cool scenery, many places to stop and cool off in the river. Didn't see any snakes, and bugs weren't too bad for me, doesn't mean they aren't there though, I jusr got lucky prob. Had conversations with the park staff and they are very friendly and helpful.

hiking
17 days ago

It was a fun trail but more of just a walk with stairs. I wouldn't classify it as a true trail to hike. Close to the hwy so I could hear traffic. Took away from my purpose for being out in nature.

My husband and I, along with our 9 year old son, hiked this trail in about 2 hours. Taking numerous stops to admire various beauties of nature, especially the Owen's homestead.

hiking
20 days ago

Really great trail with a lot of great views. However, there are a few points that the trail is not well marked, and it can be hard to know where to go.

hiking
21 days ago

This map is actually for the Spring Brook Trail, but it hooks up with the Devil’s Icebox trail also. Trail was beautiful. Mostly shade and pretty easily navigated. I am glad I had the app because sometimes I would end up on another trail without realizing it. There is one place you have to cross the river, which could be difficult if water is high. But beautiful hike. I will be back.

walking
21 days ago

Good for kids- some play area. The name is misleading and underwhelming. The cave is tiny. There are neat chimneys along the one mile trail. Wear pants and close toed shoes- lots of poison ivy and sumac. Lots of shade, so lots of mud along the trail.

hiking
24 days ago

The trails you know and love are still here! You just have to get to them. Come hike them! At first I thought they ruined the trails. They didn’t. The people who said they ripped the trails out are mistaken. They did not rip them out. They are both still nestled in the woods where they were. The other reviewer that said this is not the place for natural trails is also mistaken. Take the lower trail head to just last the cave. On the left there is a drain, before the bridge, the trail starts there. You can also find it in a few other places along the paved path.

hiking
24 days ago

Great spot for us and the kids. Really cool place to visit and not too hard for young children or stroller.

backpacking
25 days ago

I went without GPS, just a map on my phone and a compass. The trail is pretty easy to follow except when you hit the open meadows. The overgrowth is starting to crowd the trail since not as many people are on them. The views from the open meadow areas on the ridge about 3/4 of the way to the falls is breathtaking, stop and take some pictures and rest. Once you start getting closer to the falls start really watching for snakes. There are four great camping spots near The Falls. I really thought after all the rain we’ve had over the last few days The Falls would be running, it was not. I camped near the spring just below The Falls to hear some water moving. I saw one baby copperhead on the way in, a very large cottonmouth on the trail (we had a standoff for a few minutes, I went around) and another baby copperhead that popped out of the water just before I was crossing the creek on the way out. I didn’t backtrack to get out because there’s an unmarked trail that follows the creek out. I don’t recommend doing this unless you’re pretty good with a map. It crosses the creek several times and is extremely overgrown. I’ll be going back in the fall to take more pictures. Hopefully The Falls will be running then. LNT

Difficult and hot trail, but great views!

hiking
26 days ago

Please come home these trails again! We need to hike it before they over grow. I would recommend parking at the lower trail head. I made the mistake of parking at the upper. It’s a hot walk back up. Park at the lower trail head and stick to the path. Once you pass the cave and before you hit the bridge, you will see a drain to your left. There starts the path to the inner and outer trails. Wear bug spray!

Scenic views overlooking the Big River from the bluff overhangs, well beaten path, beautiful vegetation.

hiking
26 days ago

My wife and i hiked this trail and has lunch at the backpacking campsite. we accidentally hiked it backwards. but this trail is absolutely gorgeous. one of the most beautiful trails I've ever been on. it feels like you're in a fantasy book somewhere! absolutely amazing creek bed and tall canopy trees with ferns and small undergrowth..
only con: the ticks are outrageous. 30+ in just a few hour hike.

What a great trail! It is every bit of 8 miles and well marked. The trail to the tunnel is not a part of the main loop; you follow a spur to the tunnel and then hike the spur back to the main loop. The tunnel is amazing! We hiked late May, and it was humid! Bring plenty of water!

so glad we found this trail was worth the walk

Wow

Great hike - waterfall was running enough to create a pond for my dog to play in - it’s a short hike but lots of beauty out there

A little steep in spots, but a nice hike. Very pretty scenery! Wear your bug spray! Trail is narrow in spots.

Awesome trail - great for our family. Loved the caves, steps and wildlife. The grotto was definitely the highlight!

hiking
29 days ago

This was an enjoyable hike through the Ozark woods. There are a couple of wet weather waterfalls. While the trail is mostly wooded, there are some glades that provide a nice view. A thunderstorm blew in while I was at the half way point, which did create a little excitement. The highlight was a Whitetail Deer next to the trail that made a loud snort and ran off as I did some trail running to avoid the rain and lightening.

This trail follows a steep paved service road uphill (if you go left at the start of the loop) and then follows along Highway H leading to the park’s visitor center (which has a great collection of nature and hiking books for sale) and finally it overlaps the Blue Heron Trail back to the starting point.

Great trail, marked well for novice.
Good variation in terrain, several areas with natural wildflowers. Could vary depending on time of year. Took trail in May and areas that had undergrowth burned and new growth coming up were cool. Several runoff crossings, so pay attention to weather.

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