Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Salem 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 day ago

This is a flat easy trail that has the Current River on one side and bluffs on the other for a good part of the trail. About half way to Welch Spring, a large Sycamore tree has fallen and is blocking the trail. It is possible to climb through the branches and then over the tree trunk and continue to the end where the spring sits. On the other side of the spring is an old hospital that you can climb to by crossing the rocks to your right as you look at the spring. Once on the other side of the "rock bridge", you will do a little rock climbing and then walk on a narrow ledge above the spring. Don't slip or you will have about a 15 foot drop into the spring. On the other side is the ruins of an old hospital that was built at the turn of the last century.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick, educational hike on a well maintained trail.

The last quarter mile of the dirt road to the trailhead is nearly impassable to small cars. The hike itself was a refreshing walk in the woods. A neat little homestead and out buildings that really demonstrate the self-sufficiency of the homesteaders is the highlight.

hiking
1 month ago

Flat, easy walk around a beautiful state park.

Short trail. Beautiful spring. Make sure you walk up the path. Noticed that people thought the spring was just the lower level. The spring itself is up higher.

Short hike to a beautiful spot. Hospital ruins are cool. We climbed the cliff to see inside. When driving down the gravel road and it T's, go right and there is parking.

Really cool place. Definitely check out the cavern while you're there too.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail that is a lot of fun with the family. It started snowing during the hike, which added to the beauty.

hiking
2 months ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

Similar to what others said: gorgeous, yet lacking in signage and maintenance. As few hikers attempt it between May and September, however the low ranger staff can’t justify maintaining the path until September. I loved watching river otters cross the Current, as well as having my legs cleaned by minnows while wading.

nature trips
5 months ago

We found this place by chance a few years back. It was beautiful but had an eeriness to the location.

It's definitely a beautiful hike. Some notes I would like to put out....1. No signal at all so make sure you stay on the trail and don't get lost 2. If you are doing it in September, wear a hat because the spiderwebs are EVERYWHERE #raidersofthelostark 3. There is a dry river bed that has the potential to flood after crazy weather so plan accordingly 4. Wear bug spray, there are allot of horse flies when you sweat. Other than that... great views and pretty trail

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

we hiked 6.26 miles... it was a great trail to hike..Not many people, had some great views on the cliff lookout, and the Spring Cave was pretty Cool..

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

If your in the area, this is a must do! Take a flashlight to look down into the well.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Really neat old cabin, just a few minutes walk off of the river. Beautiful Spring!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Awesome view of the spring.
Well worth the short hike.

camping
Saturday, February 04, 2017

A lot of people float to here.

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Done this hike on a Geocaching event.
Cool trail, even got to see an eagles nest.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hiked this on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Several cars at trailhead and saw others on trail. Lots of drunk, rowdy people at the cave spring so we didn't stay long there. Saw one copperhead sunning itself on the trial, but uneventful otherwise. Not very scenic, but a decent workout as we kept the pace a little under 20" miles and we finished a little under two hours. Almost entirely wooded/shaded. Gravely terrain made me glad I wore my Keen boots.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This trail was one of my favorites in MO! The cave was wonderful and trail was clean and picked up. Such a variety of nature if you do the entire loop! Moderate describes the difficulty perfect.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Pretty cool hike. Watch out for the Stinging Nettle once you get down close to the river.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Really neat!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The spring is pretty! The cave tour is the best part though!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Easy trail. To get to the hospital, there is a small rock crossing that you can use to get across the water. There's a 10 foot climb after that where you'll need to use your hands and feet to climb it. Once you get past that climb, there is a trail on your left about 6-7 feet away. That trail is easy to follow and will take you over the bluff directly to the hospital. You'll be able to look down into the hospital. There's a cave inside the hospital itself in the back on the ground floor. You can't actually get inside the hospital or the cave, but it is really neat.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The spring is totally worth it.

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nice cabin, spring generally accessible when canoeing the Current River. Spring and cabin is a must stop when doing this stretch of the river. Nice lunch break area. Generally cool and shady.

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter hike! The trail head was a bit tricky to find. Trail was muddy and a bit messy due to the flooding, but still clear cut. There is a great stone beach on the river. Extremely peaceful. Was somewhat strenuous when going up due to the mossy rocks. The info panels were nice to read about, but the mention of leaves are more useful in the summer.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Completed this hike today. The cave is awesome. Would be a great place to hike in and camp down by the cave.

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Very easy trail. But I have a tip for the adventurist, there is a small goat trail off of the main trail near the end that will take you up the side of the bluff and around to the old hospital. The hospital is built around a cave also.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Not a very interesting hike.

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