Pickle Springs Natural Area Trail Through Time

West Plains, Missouri 65775

Pickle Springs Natural Area Trail Through Time

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"Pickle Springs Natural Area is a pure pleasure to walk, with beauty in every step. You’ll find a geological wonderland with a variety of rock formations, a double arch, hoodoos, and water features inside cool box canyons. Biological diversity abounds in this natural area, making it a must-see and worthy of repeated visits in every season."

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"A highlight of the Pickle Springs Natural Area, this short interpretive hike features towering limestone bluffs, breezy canyons, and several interesting sandstone rock formations. Visit in the early spring after wet weather to see the waterfall flowing. It is believed that the sandstone in this area is the remains of sandy beaches from a shallow ocean that existed here over 500 million years ago, hence the trail name Trail Through Time. Besides the beautiful rock formations, Pickle Springs Natural Area is also home to more than 250 species of plants." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"This trail has more smiles per mile than any other trail in Missouri. It’s loaded with incredible natural wonders. And with its short length and well-designed pathway, it’s a great hike for kids and adults of all ages and skill levels." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler
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"A highlight of the Pickle Springs Natural Area, this short interpretive hike features towering limestone bluffs, breezy canyons, and several interesting rock formations." Read more

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10/6/2018
A beautiful fairly easy trail with easy access. Camp in Hawn S.P. or day parking avail. You can access a slightly longer trail. (Whispering pines tr.) and can make it an overnight BP trip. Some portions do not have cell service, on whispering pines tr. so if you have a problem, someone will have to hike to where cell is avail. Both trails are very pretty in spring and fall, and not much use during the week. Carry water, and 10 essentials, as well as a camera for there are photo ops here.
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2/27/2010
Today I walked both the Mooner's Hollow trail and the Swimming Deer trail. Mooner's Hollow was moderate and a nice hike. Lots to see. Swimming Deer was very muddy due to the melting of all the winter snow. I can imagine parts of it are very bad after a rain. It is also Very rocky. I am glad I can say I have done it but it is not a trail I would care to repeat.
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Trail Information

West Plains
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,062 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,062 feet
Top Elevation
Missouri Department of Conservation, Southeast Regional Office, 573-290-5730, nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/pickle-springs
Local Contacts
USGS Sprott
Local Maps