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.

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.

19 days 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!

I just did the pickle creek loop and it was gorgeous! I loved the changing terrain and climbing large rocks on the trail. This is the type of trail you want to visit every season to check out the beautiful scenery! Many great places to sit on large flat rocks by the creek and take in the tranquil view and sounds.

My favorite trail; it takes a lot out of me, but I love it!

20 days ago

25 days ago

Lots of rock formations and beautiful forestry.

Beautiful quiet trail. It had just rained when we went so it was a little slippery. Wear good shoes.

Fun relaxing hike with great scenery

Thick forest with lots of rocks and boulders. Nice views from the ridge line

Great little walk especially if you like to take photos. Quite a few spots to get out in the creek for excellent photography

very beautiful hike. Hard at times. great bluffs towards end of North Loop.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice trail for hiking but very difficult for running due to the rock formations. Did the 6mi north loop and would come back for a hike but not for a trail run. Also, not clearly marked.

Amazing trail run difficult at times but was running on dead legs. Beautiful scenery!! Best trail run thus far this year will b back!

Well maintained trail. Spectacular rock features.

3 months ago

Beautiful creek runs along a trail. Great family swimming areas. Pet-friendly is a plus. Challenging hikes for the avid hiker and easy trails for families.