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Pickle Springs Natural Area, Sainte Genevieve

(4.8/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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  • Beautiful hiking area! You won't regret a visit here. I've been hiking here for forty years. Worth a trip every season of the year!  more »
  • Getting there is interesting as it is not very well marked and you will feel as if you have made a wrong turn, parking is seriously lacking, but the hike was great. Easy to follow path, a little rugge...  more »
  • My in-laws live in Farmington, so we've hiked Pickle Springs a number of times. I took our 4.5-year-old son there this past weekend and he did the 2 mile trail like a champ. It was the busiest I've ev...  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! 🙌🏻