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.

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.

hiking
18 days ago

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.

hiking
21 days ago

Trail was awesome! Really appreciated the marker signs. Creek was beautiful. Wonderful family outing.

on Swimming Deer Trail

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Well marked, variable terrain, not heavily used and decent scenery. Hiked it on a beautiful, cool August day - it's not often you can say that in Missouri!

Loved it! Loved the little creek in the middle. We were able to cool off and hang out there a bit

backpacking
1 month ago

Might be bias due to the fact I saw a Total Eclipse on this trail. The trail is very narrow and challenging in spots. I went off trail a few times to venture the water and minor water falls.

The biggest bummer of the trail is the lack of cliffs or high rise spots. I will definitely be returning at some point with the CPHs and checking out other trails as well. There did seem to be a lot of bugs but I am sure the 90s temps and eclipse played some role in the wild environment.

Nice hike that was lightly traveled today (8/20/17). Saw lots of Spice bush swallowtail butterflies. Trail was was nicely marked with blue trail markers and easy for this out of towner to follow.

on Mooner's Hollow Trail

hiking
1 month ago

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