Mooner's Hollow Trail

MODERATE 68 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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
2 days ago

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.

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2 days ago

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15 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
18 days ago

18 days ago

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

hiking
23 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
28 days 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.

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1 month 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!

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3 months ago

Nice scenery and a great water features

3 months ago

Nice little hike with pretty scenery.