Hike the Clark Creek Nature Area Loop

    4.0
    4.4 miles  - Loop Trail

    Added by Josh & Michele

    A physically demanding day hike with three different trails, a handful of scenic waterfalls, a swimming hole, and some bouldering.

    At times, this can be a very strenuous hike due to its steeply sloping loess bluff hills and frequent creek crossings. The trails are all marked with blazes and the occasional trail map. Clark Creek has over 50 waterfalls, many of which range from 10 to 30 feet. One of which along the trail has a good sized swimming hole to play in. There are even a couple of good boulders to climb if you look around.

    As far as parking goes, you can either park in the small lot at the Clark Creek Trailhead or park along the side of the road next to the parking lot. There is a parking fee of $4 + $0.50 per person over six people. Bathrooms and water fountains are both located at the beginning of trailhead as well.

    Once on the Clark Creek Trail, continue for about half a mile to a fork in the trail. The right continues down the Clark Creek Trail, and the left leads down the Primitive Trail. Both trails loop around to this fork, so it doesn't matter which direction you choose to go. I turned right and continued down the Clark Creek Trail for about another quarter mile to the Waterfall Trail. The Waterfall Trail continues on for about half a mile to the Primitive Trail which loops around for 2.6 miles to the first fork in the trail.

    Please take all trash out with you, be sure to take plenty of pictures, and have a great day out in nature!

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    Fitness
    Rock Climbing
    Chillin
    Photography
    Hiking
    Bathrooms
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Forest
    Romantic
    Waterfall
    Swimming Hole

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    over 2 years ago

    When I think of Clark Creek, I think of waterfalls.

    The perfect place to come to once Spring has warmed things up a bit, but before it gets too hot in the Summer. Lots of steep hiking and waterfalls. They even have some bouldering and swimming holes here! If only you could camp here, then this would be the perfect weekend getaway.

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