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.

Very pretty.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice trail not hard at all.

hiking
21 days ago

Love this trail. Good for a quick hike. Have seen deer on this trail!

Did the south loop - was a beautiful area to explore

Fantastic trail! I actually did see some deer along the hike. Also, some of the trees have incredible shapes! Definitely bring a camera!

Beautiful hike! The trail was a bit crowded when we went, but everyone was pleasant and having a great time :)

hiking
2 months ago

A really nice wooded trail with overlooks on top of the bluffs along the Big river. Some up and down but only one steep section going up the first set of bluffs. Shouldn't be a problem for most people. I just love the rock outcroppings throughout the trail!

This is short, beautiful trail. One of my favorites to hike when I need to get away.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Me and the dog loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Has a couple beautiful water crossings. overall nice hike.