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Pickle Springs Natural Area, Sainte Genevieve

(4.8/5 based on 70 reviews on the web)
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  • This is one of my favorite hikes. It's short, about 2 miles. But every inch is lovely, especially the views at the end. 
  • On a busy fall weekend, the parking is very tight. Come early. There are no restroom facilities, no water fountains, and one picnic table, so plan accordingly. Wear strong have a strenuous...  more »
  • This is a beautiful walk in the Ozarks woods. It is not an easy walk, in that there are numerous hill climbs in/out of the creek/springs valleys. Moreover, while there are bridges and walkways built o...  more »
  • Amazing trail with fantastic scenery. If at all possible AVOID going on the weekends. We tried to go twice but the parking lot was full, and the road leading to the trail head was full of cars as well. This is consistently rated as one of the best trails in Missouri and at under 2 miles long it's a perfect short hike for almost everyone. (There are several steep sections, and one of the set of stairs needed repair badly). Year round this is a fantastic hike with the opportunity to view unique geological features and flora.
  • Wonderful location and sights. Not so sure about the whole "treacherous" thing I read in another review, though. Maybe if you're not paying attention to where you're going and/or physically unfit to handle outdoor activities like hiking; but for normal people it's beautiful and fun.
  • Interesting rock formations along a nice short trail. Easy hike for almost anyone. One of the most popular hikes in the state.
  • Treacherous! The sign says it's a 2 mile, 1 hour ring route - We did it in just over 3 hours. Winding, unmarked, root-covered trails with very steep grades and - after a rain - VERY dangerous spots all over the place. Take water, take a photo of the map on the sign with your phone before going in there, and be prepared for a grueling although pretty excursion. Oh, and there are no restrooms within miles. VERY easy to get off the trail and get lost in Pickle!
  • Amazing hiking trail! 🙌🏻