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at Hawn State Park

Pickle Creek Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .70 Mile View map

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. These features make a hike along Pickle Creek Trail a pleasure any time of the year. The trail provides a point-to-point hike, although a loop hike is possible by returning on a portion of Whispering Pine Trail that traverses the bluffs on the opposite side of the creek.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.70 Mile 40 minutes, one way Linear Green

Picnic area between the park office and campground

Overlook Trail

  • Accessible
  • Hiking

Length: 300 Feet View map

This short, paved, asphalt trail takes several minutes to walk and serves as an excellent introduction to Hawn State Park, especially for first time visitors. It leads to a small overlook of Pickle Creek valley, with a view of some of the pine and oak-covered hills in the park. Along the path, you will find interpretation about the pine woodlands that grace its vistas; and the Lamotte Sandstone that forms its bluffs, knobs and box canyons. 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
300 Feet 10 minutes Linear Orange

Picnic area between the park office and campground

Whispering Pines Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Length: 9.75 Miles View map

This trail is generally considered to be one of the best hiking and backpacking trails in the state. It consists of two loops: the north loop is approximately six miles long and the south loop is approximately 3.75 miles. The trail provides the opportunity for day hikes of varying lengths or a longer backpacking trip. It meanders through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest that is home to a variety of animals such as bobcat and wild turkey. Extensive exposures of sandstone and granite can be explored along the banks of Pickle Creek and the River Aux Vases. Mosses and ferns create a luxurious effect on the moist overhangs that occur along the two streams. A hike on Whispering Pine Trail is especially enjoyable in the spring and winter, but a summer day hike ending with a cool dip in Pickle Creek or a backpacking trip on a crisp, fall weekend can be equally rewarding.

Whispering Pine Trail can be reached by turning left at the park entrance and proceeding to the picnic area where a parking area is provided. Water is not available at the trailhead, but can be obtained at the park office or the campground. Water from Pickle Creek or the River Aux Vases may be used for drinking while on the trail, but it should always be treated before consumption. The trail is signed in a counterclockwise direction with colored arrows. Additional markers are used to mark spur trails leading to the camp areas. 

You can also access the White Oaks Trail by using either white connector 1 or 2. In addition, if you want to stay on Whispering Pines Trails but would like to shorten your hike, white connector 3 is available for this purpose. All trail users must register at the trailhead or park office before starting their trip. Groups of seven or more are permitted to camp only in designated areas. While smaller groups are not required to use the designated areas, they must camp at least 100 feet from the trail, 200 feet from any major public-use area, and at least one-fourth mile from the trail entry/exit point. Campfires are prohibited. Bring your own stove if cooking is necessary.

North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
6 Miles   Loop Red

Picnic area

South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.75 Miles   Loop Blue Picnic area

White Oaks Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 3.75 Miles View map

This trail crosses several wet-weather creeks and has scenic views from large exposed sandstone rock outcrops. It travels through a diverse mixed hardwood and shortleaf pine forest. Deer, wild turkey, and owls may be seen or heard along the White Oaks Trail. This is a day-use trail only. No overnight camping is allowed along this trail. If you wish to access additional park trails, you will have the opportunity to use white connectors 1 and 2 for this purpose. The trailhead and parking lot closes at sunset. You must register at the registration box before starting your trip. No campfires or cutting implements allowed on the trail.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.75 Miles 2 hours, 50 minutes Loop Yellow

Park entrance where Hwy. 144 ends