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.

This is a really neat trail with great views and access to the Big River. I visited on a rainy day and saw a lot of neat fungi. I saw deer here like some of the other hikers mentioned. There were a lot of spider webs so watch out! The trail was well-maintained and there were many trail markers which made it very easy to follow.

Not much to look at but trees, and horses were allowed to use the same trail so we were jumping over horse doo the whole trail

Great day hike. Nice intensity and wildlife. We would recommend. plan on coming back in the fall.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hiking trail!

This is the most beautiful trail I have hiked so far. I went around 10-11 so the morning light shining through the woods was pretty.

hiking
16 days ago

We enjoyed the (sometimes steep) two hour hike. Some light fording in the river, several butterflies, only an hour outside STL, and swings at the end of the hike. Would go again!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice scenery and a great water features

Nice little hike with pretty scenery.