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A trail through a mixed hardwood and pine forest with creeks and bluffs.

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920' 281 m


590' 180 m


726' 221 m


721' 220 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


When you start the trail, you'll cross two wooden bridges. The trail is signed in a counterclockwise direction with colored arrows. You'll begin on the North Trail (blazed in red arrows) which is 6.5 miles long, and if you split off halfway through to do the South Trail (blazed in blue arrows) it will add an additional 4 miles.

You'll climb to a bluff with great views over Pickle Creek, this is your first taste of the beauty of this trail. Then continue down and around to a second view of Pickle Creek, you'll hear it rushing by below you. The trail then descends to the creek with a crossing. While there's no bridge, there are plenty of rocks to hop across.

The trail follows the creek through a grove of pines and then makes another crossing. It will follow the creek for for a mile or two, then you'll begin your ascent. Once the trail climbs through a rocky outcropping you'll be deep in the pine forest and begin another slow climb. Once you reach the top, there are great views from two points along the ridgeline.

The trail then drops back down and this is where you have the choice to take the addition of the South Trail. To stay on the North Trail, keep to the left at this junction.

From here, the trail continues on and there is a nice open area at the top of climb to enjoy the view and take a rest. The trail then drops back down and follows a small feeder creek which is mostly dry in the summer, but active in the spring.

The trail rejoins Pickle Creek across from the main campgrounds and you hike up the bluff line with lots of great views over the tree tops.

Water is not available at the trailhead, but can be obtained at the park office or the campground.


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Michael Schoenewies

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  4.5 from 13 votes
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Trail through the pine forest.
Jul 3, 2016 near Farmington, MO
Bluff overlooking Pickle Creek and campground.
Jul 3, 2016 near Farmington, MO
View along the trail.
Jul 3, 2016 near Farmington, MO
Zen moment of early fall.
Oct 8, 2020 near Farmington, MO
Trail along small creek.
Jul 3, 2016 near Farmington, MO
View along Pickle Creek overlook.
Jul 3, 2016 near Farmington, MO



Current Trail Conditions

All Clear 74 days ago
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Mar 28, 2024
Terry Gaston
Started trail 11:30am 3.28.24 — 11h 30m
May 27, 2023
Mike Munie
Hike in to camp 2 back hot pickle creek trail 1.5mi — 1h 30m
Jun 19, 2021
Ken Killebrew
Aug 9, 2020
Steve Albright
Good hike. A challenge for the distance. 6.7mi
May 24, 2020
Jaycee Antonio
6.8mi — 3h 28m
Apr 17, 2019
Brett David
Have tall enough boots to cross the streams and keep your feet dry. Muddy in spots. All and all a great hike. 6.2mi — 2h 52m
Mar 15, 2019
Liam B
Did north loop with connectors 1 and 2. Rained recently and couldn't cross back over creek with packs and dogs. Stayed overnight at site 1. Gorgeous!! 8mi — 6h 00m
Apr 21, 2018
Danielle Kraatz

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