Just as outlaws sought refuge from the law during the Civil War, visitors today can seek refuge from everyday life in the beauty of the Pike Run Hills at St. Francois State Park. The forested ridges and hollows of these hills offer visitors a chance for unconfined solitude in a wilderness setting. Three hiking trails, one allowing equestrians, wind through the forested hills and glades of Coonville Creek Wild Area. Mooners Hollow Trail leads visitors to Coonville Creek Natural Area, highlighted by the clear waters of Coonville Creek, which were once used to make moonshine. The Big River, which forms the southern boundary of the park, is ideal for canoeing. The parks many shaded picnic sites or two covered shelters provide the perfect place for a quiet picnic lunch or large family gathering. Overnight guests can choose from more than 100 campsites, both basic and electric. The campground features modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities. Whether coming to enjoy a day on the Big River, or to seek refuge in the peaceful, natural setting of the park, St. Francois State Park offers the perfect hideout from everyday life.

Beautiful morning hike. Second week of October brought low creek levels, making crossings easy, and the start of great foliage. Trail was manageable, not too difficult. It's my favorite so far in close proximity to STL.

Beautiful trail. Me and the dog loved it.

We just did the south loop and it was beautiful! A couple stream crossings and a few decent elevation changes. We did the loop counterclockwise but I think I'd do the reverse the next time around as I felt there were quite a few descents with loose gravel.

Most of the trail was well cleared but there were a few areas of heavier growth so I'd wear long pants or make sure to spray down with bug spray.

2 months ago

Has a couple beautiful water crossings. overall nice hike.

2 months ago

I went with three 4 year old kids and three adults. It was a really nice trail. There are a few places where the kids needed help, and a few spots where they have to be kept close because of some drop off but wasn't a hassle. We saw several deer despite the kids. Also the trail is just off the river so you can swim or explore the water. We will definitely be back. The name fits this trail!

This was a fun, moderate trail. it's great for hiking with the dogs as the creek runs next to the trail throughout. It took us an hour with some jogging. there were several water crossings, and the trail was covered with grass and debris in several places. It's July 4, and it's been raining.

Did the north and south loops and checked out the backpack camp, which is a spur off the south loop. Overlooked the backpack camp and kept going down the dead end trail, following old blazes. Camp is only marked by a pack out your trash sign and two small clearings on each side of the trail, no firepits or anything.

The loop trails are showing signs of horse wear in areas, but for the most part are pleasant to hike. The western ridges are nice with the leaves off. Water was flowing in several creeks when I was there in April. Elevation gain on this trail is just as great as any of the mountain loops around the OT, it's not a walk in the park. I'd say it's moderate.

Decently blazed except for the backpack spur.

6 months ago

This one didn't disappoint. Going counter clockwise, the first half follows the creek until you reach a cascade, then ascends a bit and passes through a few glades on the way back.

6 months ago

I am not sure who rated this as easy, but the north loop has a lot of inclines. I would rate it as moderate.

Nice little 3 mile trail. Family friendly, not too difficult. Pretty little creek with a nice waterfall. Some interesting rock formations as well. Great way to spend a couple of hours.

8 months ago

i enjoyed the hike...nice range of scenery...not to easy but not really challenging really.. i plan on going back again in the winter. .

Beautiful hike and the perfect amount of terrain! Highly recommend it!

1 year ago

Short but great hike!

Nice, easy trail. Beautiful woods.

Great trail. A classic while camping there. Easy trail most of the way for kids. One spot is pretty step and rocky but kids can make it with a little assistance.