Trail through Time Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Pickle Springs Natural Area received its name from Illinois settler William Pickles in the 1850s. Over time, as more has been learned about the area, it has received more and more recognition. The area was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974 and is also a State Natural Area. Researchers believe that mammoths once roamed the canyons here, grazing on plants like northern white violets, orchids, and cinnamon ferns.
All of these plants can still be found in Pickle Springs Natural Area. It tends to be the geology that keeps visitors coming back, though, and the Trail through Time highlights some of the area’s most unusual rock formations. The LaMotte sandstone has made its way from the bottom of ancient seas to expose rock formations not typically seen in Missouri."