Pickle Springs Natural Area

Pickle Springs Natural Area is one of the most pristine and popular Natural Areas in the region. The trail provides views of varying levels of forests and woodlands, vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities. This forest tract is a Designated Natural Area containing sandstone knobs, arches, canyons, and cliffs.


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Latitude: 37.818451 Longitude: -90.277153 Elevation: 821 ft

Recreational Opportunities

  • Bird Watching: Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.
  • Hiking: Trail Through Time hiking trail with many scenic views including sandstone cliffs, canyons and knobs.
  • Nature Viewing: Scenic trail with interesting plants and wildlife within the Pickle Spring Natural Area.

Seasons Accessible

Open for public use from 4 a.m. To 10 p.m.; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day on areas where these activities are permitted.
Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited


There are no fees associated with using Missouri Conservation Areas. These areas are funded by the 1/8th of 1% Conservation State Sales Tax.

Accessibility Notes

This area does not have disabled access facilities.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all times. Hunting and dog training is prohibited on this area.

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