A beautiful, secluded, old-growth forest among towering hills that border the Missouri River valley just outside of Wild Wood.
- The Fiddle Creek Loop is a 1.9 mile, hard-packed dirt, loop trail that starts along a ridge-line with dramatic drops on both sides and then loops down and through a valley before climbing back up to the ridge.
- Lots of large old growth trees over 200 years old on land that was once owned by the Missouri Botanical Garden
- A remote trail that is not well known so it is less crowded than many other trails in the area
- A great winter hike with views over valleys all around that I suspect will be harder to appreciate when foliage comes in.
- A very scenic and hilly area with lots of towering steep hills all around but the trail slope is generally very gradual.
- Trail was very well maintained with frequent and obvious markings and signage. Several large trees were very recently cleared with chain saws when we were there.
- Parking lot is quite small. Only fits a few cars but my impression is you generally shouldn’t have problems getting a spot.
- I suspect the large creek bed might not be cross-able in wetter times of Spring or after big rains. But it’d probably be an exciting and very beautiful site to see.
- The starting spot is a bit confusing. From the parking lot, you actually want to take the wide-ish gravel road behind the gate rather than the single track that starts where the map is posted.
- No dogs allowed.
Getting ThereA 35 minute drive from University City. Out 100 (aka Manchester) West of Clarkson just outside of Wildwood's borders. Google will get you there accurately.
Wet Weather Waterfalls and Streams
I enjoyed this area so much the first time I visited that I decided I needed to go back 7 days later on a day when there had been a steady rain all day (along with some snow melt from earlier in the week). Missouri doesn’t have a lot of waterfalls that flow year round but there are many beautiful wet-weather waterfalls. Sometimes, you have to be willing to deal with a bit of rain and mud to get the best views. Totally worth it!