I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles to melting and cascading waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile .
Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.
A Marginal Shield Fern grow along a creek at Pickle Springs Natural Area near Farmington, MO