Park Trails

at St. Francois State Park

Mooner's Hollow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2.75 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

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.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Wood or stone steps
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
 
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

Trail Rating: Rugged

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.   

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
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 Red On the main park road near the campground entrance, 1.5 miles from the park entrance.

Swimming Deer Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 3.15 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

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. The trail can also be accessed in the campground’s electric loop behind campsite 29; parking provided at the campground restroom only.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Wood or stone steps
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.15 Miles 2 hours, 25 minutes Loop Green At the campground showerhouse