Park Trails

at Boone's Lick State Historic Site

Boone’s Lick Interpretive Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .20 Mile View map

Trail Rating: Rugged

At the beginning of Boone’s Lick Interpretive Trail, an interpretive pavilion explains the history of the site and area, historically known as the “Boone’s Lick Country.” This site was the location of a salt manufacturing industry operated by Nathan and Daniel M. Boone beginning in 1805. The commercial salt operation ceased in 1833. Other individuals important in early Missouri history were associated with the site, including fur trader James Mackay, frontier entrepreneurs James and Jesse Morrison, and William Becknell, who conducted the first successful trade expedition to Santa Fe New Mexico in 1821. The trail passes through a wooded area on a steep hillside and salt water springs and remnant features of the salt operation, including one of the original iron kettles in which the briny water was boiled down. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the history and archeological and natural features of this unique salt water environment. Salt Creek is home to salt tolerant species such as the salt water mosquito and plains killifish, both extremely rare in Missouri.

Along this trail, hikers may experience a natural surface primarily of gravel, low hanging vegetation, wooden steps, steep grades more than 10 percent and wood bridges over a stream.

You may experience:

  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • Wood or stone steps
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail          
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Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.20 Mile 10 minutes Loop Green By the picnic area