Clifty Creek Natural Area Loop

West Plains, Missouri 65776

Clifty Creek Natural Area Loop

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"Clifty Creek contains a diverse collection of plants and animals. It also includes a natural arch, an iconic geological formation. The creek’s name derives from the high cliffs in the area: local usage of the word clift became clifty to describe the creek. This trail is a pleasure every step of the way."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Missouri Ozarks (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler Tanner
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"Clifty Creek Trail offers a trip through a beautiful natural area and a conservation area in the same hike. The journey to the 40-foot-long natural bridge affords a chance to see some of the 450 plant species that have been recorded in the area." Read more
"Clifty Creek Trail offers hikers a trip through one of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas and conservation areas all in the same hike. The journey to the 40-foot-long natural bridge will offer hikers a chance to see some of the 450 plant species that have been recorded in the area. Plan to get your feet wet if you intend to hike the entire loop, especially during wet weather." Read more

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Trail Information

West Plains
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
878 feet
Trailhead Elevation
878 feet
Top Elevation
Missouri Department of Conservation, Central Regional Office, 573-815-7900, nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/clifty-creek
Local Contacts
USGS Nagogami Lodge; may be available at trailhead kiosk
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018