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at St. Francois State Park

Missouri Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .40 Mile View map

Missouri Trail is a short hiking trail that skirts the outer edge of the campground and passes through a wide range of vegetation. Throughout the year, hikers can view an array of colorful wildflowers and walk among enormous ancient sycamore trees near Big River. Trail may be closed after heavy rains; call the park office for status.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.40 Mile 20 minutes, one way Linear Orange 1) Behind the campground showerhouse; 2) in the electric loop of the campground behind campsite 29, park only at the campground showerhouse

Mooner's Hollow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2.75 Miles View map

Probably the park’s most scenic trail, Mooner’s 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 Creek’s 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.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.75 Miles 2 hours Loop Blue At the footbridge next to the picnic shelter

Pike Run Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 10.25 Miles View map

Pike Run Trail traverses much of the undeveloped 2,256-acre Coonville Creek Wild Area and illustrates the type of wild, undeveloped landscape that characterizes wild areas in Missouri state parks. The trail includes a Northern Loop and a Southern Loop that are connected by white connector 1. In addition, there is a .60-mile backpack camp spur located on the Southern Loop. This trail may be closed after heavy rains; call the park office for status.   

 

Southern Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
6.25 Miles 6 hours, 15 minutes Loop Yellow On the main park road near the campground entrance, 1.5 miles from the park entrance.
Northern Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4 Miles 4 hours Loop Yellow On the main park road near the campground entrance, 1.5 miles from the park entrance.

Swimming Deer Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2.5 Miles View map

Swimming Deer Trail follows Big River for approximately one mile and circles back along the hillside to its origin. Hikers will be treated to outstanding bluff overlooks along Big River for much of the walk. Also along the trail is evidence of scars left on the land from a time when settlers dug shallow surface mines by hand in search of lead deposits. A historic log sawmill reflects a time when this area was so heavily logged that hardly any trees were left standing. Trail may be closed after heavy rains; call the park office for status.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.5 Miles 1 hour, 50 minutes Loop Green In electric loop of the campground behind campsite 29; parking at the campground restroom only