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.

Whispering Pines portion of trail needs maintenance for fallen trees.Almost impossible to find portion of trail which returns to trailhead. Pickle Creek is beautiful.

Enjoyed this very much

backpacking
19 days ago

Hiked this trail over the June 3-4 weekend. Not very crowded, although I heard Memorial Day weekend was busy. This is a great trail system that is well marked and has several camping areas in the back country. I camped overnight at camp 3, and met some nice folks that evening. Good water is about 200 feet away at Camp 3 and there are places for hammocks, and tents as well. I encountered a few mosquito's and only had a couple of ticks, but I wore long pants and sprayed up with Deet. If you climb 14'ers, this would be rated a Class 1 type trail, but still challenging in a couple spots near the knobs or hills, but all in all a beautiful way to spend a couple days. (North & South Loops)

backpacking
22 days ago

I've been camping at Hawn with my family all my life. This trail is always a favorite. Features a nice swimming hole so hiking even on hot days is always fun!

Day hiking the whole thing with 22 or so pounds on and it is TOUGH! Having some mountain house Lasagna to replenish calories

Really enjoyed this trip. See my uploaded track for more information.

backpacking
28 days ago

Really liked this one !

1 month ago

on Hawn State Park Trail

1 month ago