Devils Honeycomb Trail

Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63702

Devils Honeycomb Trail

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"Located near Potosi, Missouri, Hughes Mountain Natural Area features a combination of glades, hardwood forests, and unique geologic features. Considered to be one of the state’s geologic wonders, the rock outcrops that make up the “honeycomb” design on Hughes Mountain are approximately 1.5 billion years old and are some of the oldest exposed rocks in the United States. The result of an ancient lava flow, the angular rock formation was created in a way similar to the famous Devils Tower in Wyoming. Also of great natural significance are the area’s glades, which contain a variety of native grasses and wildflowers, such as broomsedge, prickly pear cactus, spiderwort, and wild hyacinth.

These native grasses and wildflowers provide important habitat for wildlife such as fence lizards and keep the thin, exposed soil from eroding. Once you are on the honeycomb, you will be amazed by the greenish-white lichen that covers much of the rocks’ surfaces and forms the most unusual designs."

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"The Hughes Mountain Natural Area is one of M issouri’s geologic wonders. The rock formation here is similar to that of the Devils Tower in Wyoming and the Devils Post- pile in California, both national monuments. The short climb to the top is well worth some of the best vistas the state has to offer." Read more

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Trail Information

Cape Girardeau
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Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Missouri Department of Conservation, Southeast Regional Office, 2302 County Park Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701; (573) 290-5730;
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