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.

Very peaceful. It was first hiking trip. Great mixture of flat land, hills, rocks, water, and overlooks. Not highly trafficked at all. Definitely will be back.

backpacking
7 days ago

Backpacked half the trail, camped over night, then finished the rest of the trail in the morning. Awesome views on this trail and well maintained. Be sure to checkout some the the little trails that go off course. Those were usually the best. But I'd have a map with you just incase. Also, there is campfire pits in the primitive camping spots along the trail. Even though it says no campfires. But i'm glad there was, because what is camping without a campfire?

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Enjoyed this hike. Beautiful wooded hike, perfectly shaded for a cool hike on a sunny/hot day.

This hidden gem was great!! My husband and I both agreed that late fall/early springtime would be better times to go, simply because you can really enjoy all of the rock formations.

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

backpacking
12 days ago

on Hawn State Park Trail

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
21 days ago