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.

2 days ago

Well marked trail with nice rolling hills that paralleled the stream. Lots of visually pleasing rock formations along the ridge line. The fall colors made the hike even more enjoyable. We went early, so did not have a lot of traffic. Trail marked as 2 hours to finish, but we hiked at a steady pace and it didn’t take nearly that long. Enjoyed by all of us. We will be back!

16 days ago

Great trail. Marked very well and follows a creek for about half of the trail.

I have done this trail a few times but today decided to try it backwards. I think it was little easier this way because the climb was at the beginning. There are plenty of wildflowers along the way. Crossing the creek is the best part of this hike.
Criticism is the sign in the park has a distance listed but it is shorter than what is mapped on here. #lagomadventures.

Trail is marked well. There are some nice points overlooking the river. Pretty wild flowers along the way. Only criticism is distance marked on the signs in the park aren't correct. It is marked at 2.5 but maps out at a little over 3. #lagomadventures

Trail was marked very well and the overlooks were awesome as well

Surprisingly difficult hike at times. Saw deer, snakes and turtles. No lookout points; a little redundant at times.

The spiders are inconsiderate on this trail. They decided to spin their webs right in the middle of the trail. I had a long talk with them and I don't think they will be doing that anytime soon.