Mooner's Hollow Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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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.

3.0 miles 354 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

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.

1 day ago

Love this trail!!!!

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8 days ago

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15 days ago

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18 days ago

Decent little hike. Easy elevation changes, a few river crossing and a handful of scenic views from the trail's edge. The trail itself is poorly maintained with meandering loops that are often umarked, though it does have some of the standard blue hiking signs and arrows. The trail has also fallen victim to a significant amount of down timber due to recent ice storms.

1 month ago

Loved this trail! Today was quit an adventure. I love leaving the trails for the cool rocks. It was a workout being my first trail in a while. Cute animals I seen when walking. And very nice people!!! Going back most definitely!

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Very pretty.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike! The trail was a bit crowded when we went, but everyone was pleasant and having a great time :)

4 months ago

This is short, beautiful trail. One of my favorites to hike when I need to get away.

5 months ago

Beautiful morning hike. Second week of October brought low creek levels, making crossings easy, and the start of great foliage. Trail was manageable, not too difficult. It's my favorite so far in close proximity to STL.

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail. Me and the dog loved it.

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Has a couple beautiful water crossings. overall nice hike.

8 months ago

This was a fun, moderate trail. it's great for hiking with the dogs as the creek runs next to the trail throughout. It took us an hour with some jogging. there were several water crossings, and the trail was covered with grass and debris in several places. It's July 4, and it's been raining.

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9 months ago

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11 months ago

This one didn't disappoint. Going counter clockwise, the first half follows the creek until you reach a cascade, then ascends a bit and passes through a few glades on the way back.

11 months ago