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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

The only reason why this is a 4 star trail for me is that it's paved. The LOCATION and SCENERY is amazing. A good pine scent can be found shortly after the trailhead, and there are small chunks of the trail that can be traveled on a dirt path. Once you get to the shutins there's all sorts of spots to climb around on.

I went on a 80 degree Sunday evening and only saw two other people. It does say no swimming, so maybe that keeps a bit of the public out. Cannot wait to come here with friends!

hiking
1 month 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.

Will definitely do this hike again. The trail is paved until you reach the Cats Paw, which is the lookout, then gravel trails split off each side. We walked around the lookout and down the rock to the St. Francois River rapids. Really cool area. We hung out on the rocks for about an hour.

This trail is not an out and back trail, once you reach the shutins there is a trail that goes up into some rocky glens, and loops back around to the parking lot. We saw a bunch of lizards and skinks up there! Even some cactus?! The shutins themselves are gorgeous, we scrambled up the rocks on the north (east) side of the river and found a way back across downstream. I honestly can't wait to go back and explore, Amidon CA seems to be much bigger than just that one little stretch of river.

Beautiful area with some interesting geology

hiking
4 months ago

I started at the trail to the dam, ended up at a fork to where you could go see the dam or take the turkey creek trail. I went towards the dam and then went down turkey creek a little ways but couldn’t find where you cross the river so I turned around. It is a little rugged but my dog and I made it just fine. I would like to go back and try and find out where the crossing is.

hiking
5 months ago

Great scenery in this area - make sure you do both sides of the river and go all the way to the dam on both sides - the one side will take you to an old mine entrance

hiking
5 months ago

Great place to hike - was a little muddy in spots but nothing extreme - great place to take pictures

Camped here as well. Good times.

We loved laying on the rocks & playing in the river. Cool spot

Fun to play on the rocks in the river.

Great little hike, take your time!

Beautiful area - climbed on the rocks to get pictures - was a fun time

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike - first part is paved - then there are two unpaved trails - make sure you do both. I went down to the river for some pictures - wasn't very hard to find a way down if you don't mind a little rock climbing.

beautiful area. Better during off season. Can get a little trash ridden throughout the busy season unfortunately.

On one side it is pretty, but on the other, it was like going into a trailer full of roaches. People were everywhere and loud. It probably is amazing during the off season. BTW, I'm not saying people are roaches, just there were a lot of people.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Nice trail. Not too busy and having the water below is nice.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Really nice area. A little busy, but pretty scenery.

Great little easy hike down to the best known swimming hole in SE Missouri. Beautiful Rock formations, chutes and rapids form swimming pools everywhere. Note to self, don't come here on Memorial Day.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great little hike. Easy well paved wheelchair friendly trail. Once at the overlook do not forget to do the two unpaved trails leading off the left and right. Beautiful views of the St Francis River rapids.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dam was washed out on side. You can't cross it. Lots of down trees and growth into the trail on the side by the camp host. On the other side of the river it was much better.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beautiful trail. Can't wait to go back.

My absolute favorite park to visit in Missouri!!! I actually don't tell everyone because it's my little hidden spot that not everyone knows about!!! Awesome swimming spot!

We came here to hike and seen a few reviews online that sparked our attention! Ended up loving it! It's definitely a hidden jewel. I strongly suggest following the directions to get there. Amazing terrain and a few great Geo-cache sites available!

hiking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

This was one of my more favorite short hikes in Missouri. I had no issues with the trails being grown over or anything, although it was February.

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Path is paved to lookout. Amazing area. We started at parking lot connected to Turkey Creek and then Silver Mines and back. Was a little over 10 miles and was an absolute blast. Will def. return

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Neat area to get lost and explore for a day. Many connecting Trails. Tiemann is a must add while on this trail.

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Great area to explore. Many Connecting trails

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Beautiful Area. Get off the trail and explore is a must. We did Tiemann to Turkey then to Silver Mines and back. A little over 10 Miles. Will def. be returning.

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