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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 nice short hike. Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of lack of green blazes. As mentioned in another recent review, the creek crossing isn’t marked well and the last bit just before the return to the parking lot, map lines did not match visible trails. You must follow red blazes to Whispering Pines trailhead (parking lot).

Hawn State Park, MO. Fun hike. The Pickle Creek portion of the trail required concentration on your footing to navigate the rocks. The Whispering Pines portion of the loop was up on a ridge with a couple of nice views. We were able to make a couple of stops to do some wading in the cool, clear water. We saw fish, crawdads, and a snake. It was a good day.

It’s a good one day hike if you start in the morning or a a late evening with one night of camping, it’s pretty but not a lot to do if you plan on spending a day there. There are a lot of ticks!

16 days ago

not much to see. pretty easy trail. easy to follow, clearly marked. lots of ticks right now.

backpacking
1 month ago

. My sister and I had never backpacked before and brought way too much stuff with us, but this was a great trail to start backpacking on. Plenty of water sources throughout, and the shade made the trail fine. The south loop is much less maintained. Also, there is a sort of fake camping site near the river on the east side of the south loop that is misleading; skip the one near the river and move travel a little more south. You'll fine the correct camping site. Overall, we had a very good experience and will plan to return.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful area, I don’t think the trail could be more well marked, very well maintained. Easy to moderate. Plenty of water in May.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trial/walk in the woods. Trail is clearly visible and marked. Your typical poison ivy, mosquitos and ticks, but that's Spring. This Missouri humidity is a killer though. Several creek crossings, but none were difficult. We didn't get wet and there's been lots of rain lately. Only saw 2 other people and it was around noon on a Sunday. Would love to do again in the Fall.

Would not classify this as a hard trail. Lots of options for picking which distance works best for you.

The water was up a bit so we had to cross through water. Al part of the fun :) The hike was gorgeous! Kids age 7-10 enjoyed it too.

One of my favorite trails. So many off-chutes to beautiful scenic areas, great climbing and water holes. Long day hike but definitely leave with a clear head :)

beautiful hike on the north loop cutting across several flowing streams + along spectacular bluffs. the fragrant scent of pines is wonderful. nice mix of terrain but not difficult;rather pleasant + relaxing.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike, some Rocky Terrain on the trail. there is a restroom located at the trailhead. some downed trees on the trail but not hard to get around. the entire hike is relatively level ground not a lot of up and down Hills.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails in Missouri! The south loop adds some miles and it really peaceful because not as many people are on it.

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on in MO. great for kids, families, beginner hikers as well as more experienced ones.

backpacking
3 months ago

The trail was beautiful after a week of rain. Pickle Creek was roaring and every drainage had water in it. The trail itself was in great condition though. We started up Pickle Creek, crossed it in knee deep water to join the north loop and then camped overnight at site 3 on the south loop. We finished up the next morning on the prettiest section of the whole loop.

Good hike. Several creek crossings and water was higher due to rain. Was glad I had my tall and waterproof hiking boots!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was beautiful after a week of rain. Pickle Creek was roaring and every drainage had water in it. The trail itself was in great condition though. We started up Pickle Creek, crossed it in knee deep water to join the north loop and then camped overnight at site 3 on the south loop. We finished up the next morning on the prettiest section of the whole loop.

Favorite trail so far...a bit of everything I like when it comes to hiking...I wouldn’t say this trail is for those looking for something easy...I hiked all of the North Trail...can’t wait to explore the rest!!

Definitely not as hard as it's rated. Not a ton of up and down....we did it with kids and it took us only 4.5 hours.

Amazing place! Looking forward to a spring hike once the weather warms. Beautiful, tranquil, lush and rugged. Ideal place for photography!

hiking
4 months ago

Favorite trail in the state. It wasn't difficult, though it had a ton to offer. Great views with elevation and beautiful creek crossings. Plenty to see through the hike.

Beautiful, quiet trail. Cool rocks, nice views from the hilltops, lovely little creeks, and towering pines.

Excellent trail/camping area!! I recently hiked this trail, doing approximately 11/12miles. We camped on the trail overnight also. The scenery is fantastic. It had recently rained, so the creeks were flowing pretty good. We have have hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail, so comparing this trail to the AT, similar in areas but not as difficult. For an inexperienced hiker, this trail would be perfect to start on. Highly recommended and I will go back and do different routes. I’ll give it

hiking
5 months ago

I love this trail. Super clean and not heavily trafficked. There also sections of the trail that are different than others and I really loved the variety of the trail experience. Also, if you’re not up to do the whole trail (north loop), they offer a south loop that’s just 3.75 miles.

I loved that rock formations and the view was breathtaking!!

hiking
6 months ago

I love to hike here. Only done the full trail once & it was amazing. Felt like I wasn't in Missouri at times. Beautiful.

One of my favorite hikes in Missouri.

Awesome trail. some dangerous spots watch the kiddos.

While this trail is scenic, there are several rocks full of sand that is slippery at times.

trail running
8 months ago

I do a lot of trail running, and while this trail was not best suited for that, it was still enjoyable. There were a number of times I came to a dead stop to maneuver boulders, cross a creek by way of step stones, or find the trail. The trail marking is probably the worst part of the trail, the signs are about 2”x2”, all on trees, and 5-6’ up. That makes it hard to follow signs when you’re watching your feet for roots and rocks. I much prefer the sign posts as I find at many other parks.

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