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Many visitors believe that Hawn State Park is the loveliest of Missouri's state parks, with forests of pine and oak, sandstone bluffs and canyons, and clear sand-bottom streams. The park's many trails, picnic areas and campground are well suited for visitors wishing to enjoy the splendor of nature; it is truly a nature lover's paradise. The 4,953-acre park preserves some of the finest areas for viewing Missouri's wide variety of natural wonders. The 2,880-acre Whispering Pine Wild Area offers excellent opportunities to backpack, bird watch or study nature. Covered with pine, oak and flowering dogwood trees, the area is home to a diverse set of plants, animals and birds. Pickle Creek, because of its high quality and pristine nature, has been designated as a state natural area. It is also one of the few places in the state where visitors can see such a wide variety of rock types exposed at the surface. Enjoy a quiet lunch at one of the many picnic tables that dot the sandy, pine-needle-covered forest floor. Hike along some of the most scenic backcountry trails in Missouri. Hawn State Park is the perfect setting for visitors eager to explore the unspoiled natural beauty of the Show-Me-State.

backpacking
5 days ago

Easy to follow, well marked trails that weave through a very diverse area made for a great weekend trip. The WCs that don't connect to campsite 1 (I forget their numbers definitively) may are may not be worth it, but Pickle Creek and both loops provide great visuals.

Love this trail!

I was supposed to just hike Whispering Pines but ended up hiking White Oaks and Pickle Creek as well. Beautiful scenery! The trails were pretty easy to follow. I'll definitely hike this one again some day :)

This is definitely the trail for a workout, but it is pretty well maintained throughout the seasons. Wear good shoes!

Great hike even though it is pretty short - there are a lot of things to see on this hike so take your time - we went in December 2016 and had the trail to ourselves - it was awesome

What was supposed to be an early December backpacking trip with an easy 6 mile hike in and 3 mile hike out; morphed in to a half-day 11-1/2 mile hike along both the Orange and Blue loops of Whispering Pines trail at Hawn State Park.

Thanks to Daniel Maners for joining in the fun and pushing me to go a further than i would have tried solo (longest day hike to date was 8 miles before this trip). In the end, this was my most rugged hike to date, with plenty of stream crossings and elevation changes.

In total we hiked 11.68 miles and climbed 1682ft, and descended 1697ft over the course of the trail, the whole hike took just over 6 hours with stopping for photos and playing on some rocks.

I will definitely be back to this trail and state park.

1 month ago

good hike. well marked.

Great hike and scenery for all ages to enjoy!

Fun trail for the family to do together. Some rough terrain, which leads to plenty of features to explore. I recommend the drive to hike the Trail Through Time.

What a Great Park to Camp and Hike. I will return for sure !

gorgeous! well marked. going back to hike again next weekend.

one of my favorite hikes.

Great trail. Interesting geological features. Beautiful scenery.

on White Oaks Trail

2 months ago

Loved this trail! We have five kids and they all loved it too! Neat rock formations and great place to take pictures.

Beautiful trail with beautiful rock formations!

one of the best trails especially in the fall season. THE Water Is CLEAN And drinkable with purification .
The South and North Loop are longer but fairly easy to do.

ALL Trails ARE CLEARLY Marked And easy to follow.

bparks St Louis.

hiking
3 months ago

A fun short loop/out and back that goes over a few streams. Thought this was nicer in the spring when there was more water. Not sure about the variety but there were mushrooms everywhere!