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St. Francois State Park

Park Information

The forested ridges and cool hollows of St. Francois State Park offer visitors a retreat from everyday life. Three hiking trails, including one that allows equestrian access, wind through the forested hills and glades of the Coonville Creek Wild Area. Easy access to the Big River makes St. Francois State Park ideal for canoeing and floating and the many shaded picnic sites and two covered shelters make the park perfect for family gatherings. Overnight guests can choose from more than 100 campsites, in campgrounds with modern restrooms, hot showers, and laundry facilities.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October
    7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
    The entrance gate closes at 10 p.m.
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
    The entrance gate closes at 6 p.m.
Every spring, the woodlands in Missouri burst with color even before the trees begin to bud. The first signs of spring come from plants called spring ephemerals. Ephemeral refers to a plant with a very short life cycle. Spring ephemerals take advantage of all the sunlight hitting the forest floor before the leaves come out. They bloom and die back very quickly, but while they are blooming, they put on a stunning show. From the blues and purples of the Virginia bluebells to the oddly-shaped white Dutchman’s breeches, a bounty of color and new life awaits you on many Missouri state park and historic site trails. One of the most popular trails for spring ephemeral wildflower viewing is the Thousand Steps Trail at Washington State Park. If you take a walk on this trail, your eyes will be treated to a carpet of trilliums, bluebells, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauties and wild sweet Williams. For more on trail in Washington State Park, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/trails/washington-state-park.