Two trails in Hickory Canyons Natural Area offer interesting views of the area’s distinctive bluffs and canyons. In Hickory Canyons a number of unique plant communities grow, especially on the cool, moist cliff faces. Look for partridge berry, various ferns liverwort, and club mosses. In the bottoms grow rattlesnake plantain, spicebush, pawpaw, and deciduous holly.
In May you might smell the wild azaleas before you see them! Next to the parking area is a one-quarter mile trail leading to a steep-walled, horseshoe-shaped box can-yon. If there has been rain lately a 40 foot waterfall tumbles from one end. Across the road is a hilly, rocky 1 mile loop that passes by steep sandstone bluffs, through the oak, maple, pine forest, & over a scenic creek. In the winter icicles may form on the rocks!
Directions: Take Highway 32 west from Ste. Genevieve or east from Farmington to Route C. Go north 3 miles and turn left on Sprott Road. Travel west 1.5 miles to the parking lot at 8388 Sprott Road.
Hickory Canyons Natural Area Reservations and Information:
(573) 883-7097 or (573) 290-5730
8388 Sprott Road, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670, United States
The quarter-mile trail from the parking area leading to a steep-walled box canyon is a gentle slope. Across the road from the parking area is a more strenuous one-mile trail that traverses the steep terrain through the sandstone forest. One must carefully choose footing around rocks and roots. It also crosses a scenic creek in a few locations.
Eco Friendly Notes
• Nuts, berries, fruits, mushrooms and wild
greens may be taken for personal use. Cutting or
removing other vegetation is prohibited. Taking of
greens from locations designated as Natural Areas is
• Dogs must be leashed.
• The area is closed to hunting and trapping