Pickle Creek Loop to Whispering Pines Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Pickle Creek Loop to Whispering Pines Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ste Genevieve, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
193 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running





washed out

This entire trail follows Pickle Creek, which is a beautiful shut-ins stream. This persistent stream has carved its way through the surrounding sandstone to its present course. The result is a clear, sandy-bottom creek strewn with water-sculpted granite boulders and exposed sandstone bluffs.

8 days ago

The end of the loop wasn't clear and it was showing that we were off the trail. Ended up going back with a quick short cut across the creek almost midway...other than that it was beautiful and scenic. Our shepherd mix enjoyed it as well and loved the creek. Good memories

1 month ago

On a cold December weekend a couple of friends and I took a "dads getaway" overnight hike. We linked the Hawn trail system together to make a large loop. It was about 17 degrees overnight. It was wonderful. Few other people on the trail. This terrain has a few rugged sections to get you breathing, and lots of gentle variable terrain, and very pleasant walking. In the winter it was beautiful.

2 months ago

Very nice short hike. Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of lack of green blazes. As mentioned in another recent review, the creek crossing isn’t marked well and the last bit just before the return to the parking lot, map lines did not match visible trails. You must follow red blazes to Whispering Pines trailhead (parking lot).

2 months ago

Hawn State Park, MO. Fun hike. The Pickle Creek portion of the trail required concentration on your footing to navigate the rocks. The Whispering Pines portion of the loop was up on a ridge with a couple of nice views. We were able to make a couple of stops to do some wading in the cool, clear water. We saw fish, crawdads, and a snake. It was a good day.

4 months ago

The water was up a bit so we had to cross through water. Al part of the fun :) The hike was gorgeous! Kids age 7-10 enjoyed it too.

5 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on in MO. great for kids, families, beginner hikers as well as more experienced ones.

6 months ago

Amazing place! Looking forward to a spring hike once the weather warms. Beautiful, tranquil, lush and rugged. Ideal place for photography!

7 months ago

I loved that rock formations and the view was breathtaking!!

8 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Missouri.

9 months ago

While this trail is scenic, there are several rocks full of sand that is slippery at times.

11 months ago

A very rocky trail. Scenic at times, but watch your footing. The trail across the creek was not clearly marked. So we doubled back. It was a struggle, but the "lady with the knee brace," trudged out. We stopped by the ranger shack on the way out. We learned someone reported "a lady in a knee brace in trouble." Thank you for your concern. She is now resting in bed.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Great hike with the kiddos!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great hike, lots of interesting features around every turn. Easy to moderate hike. A definite must see

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Awesome hike! Beautiful area.

Monday, July 17, 2017

loved this trail

Monday, June 19, 2017

Whispering Pines portion of trail needs maintenance for fallen trees.Almost impossible to find portion of trail which returns to trailhead. Pickle Creek is beautiful.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

I've been camping at Hawn with my family all my life. This trail is always a favorite. Features a nice swimming hole so hiking even on hot days is always fun!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Beautiful hike! It makes you feel like you are not in Missouri. We hike this trial often and continue to be amazed by it.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This was one of my fiancees favorite hikes. We had a 2 year old the whole time and it was difficult and pretty rocky so make sure you wear very good shoes. Very beautiful. Saw lots of lizards during summer.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lovely precursor to the whispering pines. Total hike 8.67.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This place is awesome for dogs! The while family had a blast.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Love this trail!

Friday, November 18, 2016

What a Great Park to Camp and Hike. I will return for sure !

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

one of the best trails especially in the fall season. THE Water Is CLEAN And drinkable with purification .
The South and North Loop are longer but fairly easy to do.

ALL Trails ARE CLEARLY Marked And easy to follow.

bparks St Louis.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

I just did the pickle creek loop and it was gorgeous! I loved the changing terrain and climbing large rocks on the trail. This is the type of trail you want to visit every season to check out the beautiful scenery! Many great places to sit on large flat rocks by the creek and take in the tranquil view and sounds.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wonderful after the heavy rainfall but my daughter and I could not find a crossing to make the loop! We met another hiker who entered via Whispering pines who was also unable to cross. The point is that after a heavy rain this little creek is really voluminous!

Monday, November 09, 2015

for a short trail its plenty busy enough...lots of rocks make it a scenic trail...the rocky path keeps you concentrating at times...but its a great little trail..

Friday, July 04, 2014

Nice trail but wish it was longer. Loved the rocks along the trail and the scenery was nice as well. Saw a lot of cool stuff and look forward to going back real soon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beautiful trail following a creek. The trail was pretty rocky, so make sure you plan accordingly for this.

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