Mooner's Hollow Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bonne Terre, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
291 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Mooners Hollow Trail follows the steep narrow valley of Coonville Creek and its many rugged tributaries in the Coonville Creek Natural Area. This trail is well maintained and marked. It follows Coonville Creek. There are several creek crossings that may be difficult to cross during wet weather. There are also some moderate uphill climbs. Probably the parks most scenic trail, Mooners Hollow Trail follows the steep narrow valley of Coonville Creek and its many rugged tributaries in the Coonville Creek Natural Area. The trail is so named because of the past activity of moonshiners in the area. The bootleggers found Coonville Creeks cold, clear springs and deep isolated valleys to be the perfect location for their stills. Hikers will encounter a few steep hills, a couple of water crossings, dolomite glades and hilltop vistas. Trail may be closed after heavy rains; call the park office for status.

hiking
1 month ago

Went out there today. The temperature was perfect. Really nice quiet stretch of woods with quite a few streams/river crossings. Was pretty easy too. Took me 1 hr 15mins. Trail is clearly marked.

backpacking
2 months ago

The weather was amazing. Trail seems unkempt; we counted 20-30 downed trees across trail. Trails were narrow, in some areas less than a foot wide. Seed burrs were a real issue, our poodles, standard and toy had several hundred each. Poison ivy covers about 25% of trail contact area. Most of trail (75%) was difficult to hike, 3-4” stones, and roots presented continuous ankle challenges. With trekking polls it was safer. Maybe in late fall or winter leaf coverage might make it better? Blazings were exceptional; never had a doubt, lots of markings. And creek crossings, starts as at crossing; why not put bridge to start? There were at least 10 crossings, most slippery, and often challenging to keep boots dry.

hiking
2 months ago

‘Twas a tiring but good hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail! We took our small dog and had no troubles. the trails are marked well at the creek crossings. as I go along the trail you will creeks, a small water fall (that is a perfect place to take break.), and the trail goes along the bluffs at one point.

we really enjoyed this hike. we went on July 23. it's very pretty, lots of creeksnand streams both big and small. there is a pretty waterfall about halfway through. you do have to cross water multiple times, there is rocks at all the crossing to walk on but there's a good possibility of getting your feet wet. at the waterfall half way through there Is a trail following the creeks that you can take to get closer to it. can be a little steep but the terrain isn't bad. we had a fun time on this hike.

4 months ago

Nice trail. Should be fairly easy for everyone

6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful scenery, the creek has many mini waterfalls, the water is crystal clear. Rocks on the path are slippery but have small paths to navigate around them.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is beautiful and well maintained. Not too crowded (Sunday afternoon on sunny 66 degree day). Hilly, rocky, and certain parts require you to cross the stream to continue the trail (not a lot of rocks/shallow points so expect to get your feet wet!), making it an active walk.

trail running
8 months ago

Great short trail run loop. Definitely some rocky parts, but the trail is really beautiful with moderate elevation changes, creek crossings, and gorgeous views of the park. I met only one couple hiking on the trail, around sunset time. Can’t wait to run it again!

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great trail for my dog and I! You will have to cross the creek multiple times so wear a good pair of waterproof hiking shoes. This is a clearly marked trail so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting lost. The trail can get rather rocky in some places and there are also areas with a lot of roots across the trail so take some time in those areas.

10 months ago

The day I hiked this trail, it was very muddy which resulted in difficult navigating of ruts and puddles. If there was leaf coverings, one still needed to be careful of the slipperiness of wet leaves and mud beneath. I would not hike it again knowing how muddy and slippery it can be.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent trail. Hard to follow in places, but lots of rocky pools and low waterfalls.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent trail. Well marked path, not highly trafficked. Several small creek crossings add variety to the terrain.

hiking
Friday, November 24, 2017

Very enjoyable for both me and the dog. This trail seems to have it all; creek crossings, a small water fall, ridge lines, rolling hills, a few small fields. The path is made up of dirt, rock, tree roots, gravel. There is a lil bit of elevation change, but not too much that it feels like “exercise”. We’ll be back, maybe try it in reverse to change things up!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Beautiful trail. Saw a pretty deer too :)

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

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!

Monday, October 02, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

Friday, September 01, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

backpacking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nice scenery and a great water features

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice little hike with pretty scenery.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

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!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

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.

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