Just as outlaws sought refuge from the law during the Civil War, visitors today can seek refuge from everyday life in the beauty of the Pike Run Hills at St. Francois State Park. The forested ridges and hollows of these hills offer visitors a chance for unconfined solitude in a wilderness setting. Three hiking trails, one allowing equestrians, wind through the forested hills and glades of Coonville Creek Wild Area. Mooners Hollow Trail leads visitors to Coonville Creek Natural Area, highlighted by the clear waters of Coonville Creek, which were once used to make moonshine. The Big River, which forms the southern boundary of the park, is ideal for canoeing. The parks many shaded picnic sites or two covered shelters provide the perfect place for a quiet picnic lunch or large family gathering. Overnight guests can choose from more than 100 campsites, both basic and electric. The campground features modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities. Whether coming to enjoy a day on the Big River, or to seek refuge in the peaceful, natural setting of the park, St. Francois State Park offers the perfect hideout from everyday life.

Nice scenery and a great water features

Nice little hike with pretty scenery.

Great walk.

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1 month ago

Really enjoyed this one. Lots of vegetation and not a lot of major elevation changes.

Really pretty and scenic but pretty muddy in spots. Had to cross the river in 2 spots to continue on the trail. There were rocks but if you aren't pretty sure footed then you may have problems. Wasn't crowded and a really neat little trail!!

Went after a few rainstorms and was extremely muddy. Fun and beautiful, waterfall running well, but as a new hiker realized we will need better shoes and clothes for the messy hikes. Was soaked from crossing water several times.