Mooner's Hollow Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bonne Terre, MO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Mooners Hollow Trail follows the steep narrow valley of Coonville Creek and its many rugged tributaries in the Coonville Creek Natural Area. This trail is well maintained and marked. It follows Coonville Creek. There are several creek crossings that may be difficult to cross during wet weather. There are also some moderate uphill climbs. Probably the parks most scenic trail, Mooners Hollow Trail follows the steep narrow valley of Coonville Creek and its many rugged tributaries in the Coonville Creek Natural Area. The trail is so named because of the past activity of moonshiners in the area. The bootleggers found Coonville Creeks cold, clear springs and deep isolated valleys to be the perfect location for their stills. Hikers will encounter a few steep hills, a couple of water crossings, dolomite glades and hilltop vistas. Trail may be closed after heavy rains; call the park office for status.
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.
Has a couple beautiful water crossings. overall nice hike.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
Nice, easy trail. Beautiful woods.
Nice swimming hole a little ways in. The trail has some spots that hold water after it rains.
Good for family hike with our 5 year old.
This is the trail I started my kids on. great walking not bad terrain at all. really recommend it if looking to kill a couple hours.
I did this early morning and the sunrise cast nice shadows, we still had fall color with the leaves, nice diversity with the hollows and small creek crossings. Overall a nice hike.
Hiked this trail and really enjoyed it. Ran across a couple of Missouri Black Snakes so I don't know how common those are in that area. Good scenery and plenty of trail markings so you don't get lost
Hiked this trail with my dog - he loved all the creek crossings! The trail passes a very pretty waterfall that you can walk closer to and sit by for a while to enjoy it if you like (that's what I did). I think that this park overall is beautiful and this trail is no exception, especially at the 2 scenic overlooks. In fact, my only problem with it is that for a short time you can hear the cars from the highway during your hike.
Very nice. Lots of creek crossings.
Great trail with moderate difficulty because of rocks, hills and roots.
Dogs enjoyed the trail and especially the spring fed creek near the path. Great place to cool the dogs and your feet.
Going back again and again.
Should be awesome in the Fall.
St. Francois State Park is a beautiful area. Mooner's Hollow was a great hike with lots of beautiful scenery, even in the Winter. This was my first trail, and it was pretty simple. There are a few creeks to cross, and a couple good hills. It was the perfect hike for a beginner!