Mooner's Hollow Trail

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St. Francois State Park

Mooner's Hollow Trail is a 3 mile heavily 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

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bird watching

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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 day ago

Great trail and a wonderful hike. Some areas were a bit muddy but had logs to help get across. The water was fun to play in and and there were lots of crawdads and fish in the water that the kids enjoyed observing. When the trail is on the eastern park of the creek there are plenty of access points to get in the water.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail. Well marked. Several river crossings. Some muddy spots but most had ways around. Mostly shaded.

hiking
6 days ago

This was absolutely a beautiful hike! We wound up spending lots of time in the creek catching crawdads and exploring! We didn’t get to finish the hike but will be back to go the whole way! St Francois State park was a great find! The path was marked well on the trees and even after the rain this past week we didn’t hit too many muddy spots and there was room to get around those spots. I had my four kids two boys 14, 11 and twin girls who are 8, they all loved the hike!

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

Highly recommend. Dog friendly. Lots of stops to get in the water or for the dogs to get a drink. Beautiful waterfall along the way. Lots of shade.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Great trail. Really fun. A couple creek crossings. Definitely a moderate rating. A bit muddy in places but overall in great shape.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed a beautiful spring hike! Missouri continues to amaze me. The trail was challenging for a family but not too difficult. The terrain was rich in wildflowers, outcrops and trees. The best part was the water though and we could view it for almost half the hike. We had fun splashing around too. Be back soon

hiking
1 month ago

I hike a lot of trails and this is my favorite family hike. A little muddy but that adds to the character. Beautiful streams throughout are great on a warm day and very beautiful. The 3 mile loop seems more like 4. No complaints.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Trail muddy as expected after the rain over the weekend. Bluebells done blooming, dogwood almost done. Still plenty of other wildflowers.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

1 month ago

It was a great trail. We saw many different kinds of wild flowers that we were unfamiliar with. You do cross the creek in different places but there were rocks and branches to use to get across.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! Very beautiful and peaceful with plenty of shady spots to check out the creek that runs along the trail most of the way their and back. I hiked in with my two kids and they loved all the water throughout!

flooded
1 month ago

recorded Recording - Apr 10, 06:45 PM

hiking
1 month ago

Such a nice little trail. only saw 4 people, so that's a plus.

road biking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Very easy to navigate. A few muddy areas but I gave it a five star.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little trail. Not much elevation change, you do cross the creeks in water so prepare for stepping on the rocks to get across or getting your feet a little wet but aside from that the trail is marked well and has lots of cool natural structure on the beginning of the trail when going counter clockwise. On the topside of the trail you can hear the highway and that was literally the only thing I could complain about this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is the second time hiking this trail and it’s great. Creeks that you have to cross through, rocky terrain, and good twists and turns. Some muddy patches due to rain yesterday. I brought my husband and 2 young adult children and they enjoyed it too.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent trail. Not the prettiest or most interesting of the trails in the park. The first stretch (counterclockwise) along the creek is the most interesting terrain. Muddy in certain stretches, but easily avoided off the trail. Highway noise on final stretch of trail. 17 people, 7 dogs.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

You hike along creek/rivers the whole trail. Pretty but nothing too special. Handful of mud pits, you had to navigate off the trail to make it around. Lots of roots and rocks. More heavily trafficked than the other trails in the area. We saw a good amount of people throughout the entire trail, not many stretches we were alone. Also near the end of trail there was a good amount of highway noise.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

One of the prettiest trails I’ve been on. Mica sprinkled throughout, running streams and a couple small waterfalls. Rocky and a few hills but nothing too serious. We went right after a day or two of rain so it was muddy through a lot of the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This trail has wonderful views of the creek and is worth the drive from stl.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with several streams and many, many moss-covered rocks and boulders throughout. Muddy in some places along the path, and path often has rocks or tree roots to maneuver which, at least today, can be covered with fallen leaves. Saw a live armadillo in the woods at the lowermost stream crossing near mid-hike. He was moving about doing his thing, oblivious to my being there. Also saw a ground squirrel near the first stream crossing. Will definitely return to this trail in different season to see the differences when trees have leaves, more water is running. etc.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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