Looking for a great trail in Hawn State Park, Missouri? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Hawn State Park ranging from 1.3 to 12.4 miles and from 600 to 931 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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6 days ago

Loved this trail, by far the most beautiful I’ve done in Missouri. Will be back!

Great hike on a 65 degree day in February. Rocky sections so sure footedness is needed. What a gorgeous and relaxing hike mainly along the creek. So calming with the water flowing the entire way.

One of the best hikes in Missouri, the North Loop has a little bit of everything, great views, beautiful stream and beautiful areas of tall pines. Highly recommend.

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1 month ago

Great overlooks, beautiful water crossings!! Everthing a hiker wants. Some steep inclines and rocky areas as well as long flat walks though the trees. My favorite trail!!!

Two knee-deep creek crossings(in January) but one of my favorite trails that I’ve done in the state. The smell of pine trees reminds me of home.

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1 month ago

Hiked in the winter, 35 degrees. Trail is well traveled and marked, easy to see even while covered in leaves. Some trail markers are faded and few grown over into the trees and it also has 2 red trail markers in the loop portion. Some small trees fallen across trail (nothing to big to step over), but I was out there in winter. With the connecting trails you make the hike as long as you like!! Overall a great trail to hike!!

The Pickle Springs leg was pretty rocky and we weren’t able to cross to do the loop due to the high water

Awesome trail! Short but very rocky when walking along the creek.

Some spots can get overgrown, and some smaller trees may have fallen over the trail. Nothing that's hard to step over or go around. The trails are very well marked, but keep an eye out for some spots that may cross the bigger creeks. Almost all of the trails are close to the water most of the way. This can make for good fun, but also lots of bugs and gnats in the warmer months. Pack lots of water and some snacks, as there are connectors to other trails you can do in the same day. This is a great park, and has a good variety of difficulty in the trails, and length.

Some spots can get overgrown, and some smaller trees may have fallen over the trail. Nothing that's hard to step over or go around. The trails are very well marked, but keep an eye out for some spots that may cross the bigger creeks. Almost all of the trails are close to the water most of the way. This can make for good fun, but also lots of bugs and gnats in the warmer months. Pack lots of water and some snacks, as there are connectors to other trails you can do in the same day. This is a great park, and has a good variety of difficulty in the trails, and length.

Some spots can get overgrown, and some smaller trees may have fallen over the trail. Nothing that's hard to step over or go around. The trails are very well marked, but keep an eye out for some spots that may cross the bigger creeks (I got turned around a couple times on one trail where the marker was on the other side and I hadn't seen it the first time.) Almost all of the trails are close to the water most of the way. This can make for good fun, but also lots of bugs and gnats in the warmer months. Pack lots of water and some snacks, as there are connectors to other trails you can do in the same day. This is a great park, and has a good variety of difficulty in the trails, and length.

2 months ago

Did this 6/18 . Some spots overgrown, was well worth the effort.

This is my all-time favorite trail. So much to see and its only 20 minutes from my house.

Loved this trail. It's got a lot of variation throughout, with the high water the crossings were a bit challenging, but we managed to stay dry with our waterproof boots. I'd recommend having a pair for this hike. We caught the tail end of the fall colors, seems like everything was about two weeks more turned than it is up in the STL area where we were coming in from, the colors on the foliage are still a lot more vibrant. Still a very pretty hike with some nice views.

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3 months ago

good hiking..short but good.
beautiful views with the colors changing...loved the creek..got some great pics..just got to figure out how to upload them here for all to enjoy!

One of my favorite trails in the area!

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3 months ago

Wonder site. The white connector has two well done campsites that make it easy to set up camp and hike the other trails while still providing quick access, less than 30 minutes, to real bathrooms and your car if needed.

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4 months ago

one of the best places to hike in the state. the pines are incredible

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4 months ago

Very simple scenery. Lots of trees, some rocks and creeks. Trail starts out open then gets very narrow and open again as you finish the loop. I recommend wearing protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeve shirts.

Beautiful and quiet. Did all of North and South loop. Camped at campsite #3 which was very nice. The trail has great variety and is well marked and maintained. Some parts of South loop are little overgrown and you have push through the grasses but it never last for long. Would recommend and will return. Happy Hiking

First backpacking trip for me. It was challenging in some parts but the experience and views were well worth it. Stopped for the night at Camp 2 which was by a water source; it provided nice sounds to fall asleep to. Went out to see if I liked backpacking and this trail made me fall in love with it!

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4 months ago

Kim and I completed the North loop 6+ miles in 2.5 hours with three short breaks for water and snacks. We are a 50 something couple who walk 4 miles a day minimum. We found the trail delightfully different; most of the trail was clear soft sand, pine needles, soil/leaves. About 1/5 of trail was rugged with larger stones (3-10”); would rate this area difficult, all other parts easy. Trail was well blazed; when we were confused, bam, a blazing! The variety is stunning and remarkable; tall pines, deciduous trees, grasses, wildflowers, creek beds, granite formations, scenic views. See photos.

great variety of terrain, flora + fauna

The end of the loop wasn't clear and it was showing that we were off the trail. Ended up going back with a quick short cut across the creek almost midway...other than that it was beautiful and scenic. Our shepherd mix enjoyed it as well and loved the creek. Good memories

Great hike! Did the north loop today and it was great. Some parts of the trail were a little overgrown but nothing to crazy. Would love to go back and see what it looks like in later fall.

Just finished the south loop. took us 64 year olds 4 hours
with dog in tow. A bit hot today but all shade from the trees. ACouple places trail needs some work, but flowers and butterflies were beautiful. yes again when temp is 80 or under.

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5 months ago

Two friends and I did the combined north and south loop trails for an overnight backpack trip. I've never seen so many different varieties, shapes, colors, sizes of mushrooms in my entire life. The trail is very well traveled and well marked. We didn't start until 2p and made it to the 3rd camp by 7p. The 3rd backpack campsite was the best one, in my opinion, after seeing the first ones. It is worth it to make it all the way to this site to set up for the night. There is access to more water at the creek just past this campsite as well, which would have been helpful to know instead of filling up so much at the previous point. A few spots on the south loop are slightly more overgrown, but nothing impassable, just because it is less frequented. Overall, a beautiful park with lots of different terrain and scenery.

We saw an armadillo and they are gross. MORSHMA!

Long enough to make it feel like an outing yet not exhausting. I'd suggest sticking to the original planned route direction (to the right) after crossing the bridge. We tried to do the hike backwards and got lost a few times since there are no blazes facing you in that direction. Beautiful campground and facilities at Hawn State Park for those that wish to stay the night.

North loop. 6 1/2 miles

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