Hawn State Park, Sainte Genevieve

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  • If you enjoy hiking and beautiful outdoors, look no further. Hawn State Park is just that. You and your family will enjoy this park with all the trails and scenery.  more »
  • We had a free afternoon during a nice day in October and walked the 4.4 mile White Oaks trail. Had the trail pretty much to ourselves. Trail was not difficult, but for someone out of shape, might have...  more »
  • Great trails, super clean, free entrance. Missouri takes great care of their parks, even the ones that seem to get moderate use.  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful places in Missouri. The Whispering Pines Trail rivals any trail you'd find out west, although it's a lower elevation and there aren't huge mountains, but that's it. There is varied terrain and elevation changes, never a dull moment. Beautiful at every time of the year! These pics were taken mid-December.
  • Stayed in the campground on a nice weekend in late November. I have a 23 foot travel trailer and stayed in site 34, a basic site with no electricity. I loved my site, though it was next to the vault toilet, and so there were people coming and going in the evenings. Not a problem for me, but something to think about if you're looking at staying in site 34. The campground is easy to access, though some of the sites may be tight for a very large rig. I saw everything from a pop-up to a 38 foot fifth wheel, so most rigs shouldn't be a problem. The campground host was AMAZING. I forgot my key to my outside storage compartments on my trailer and she was able to help get them opened. Absolutely saved the day! I hiked the Whispering Pines trail north and south loops while I was camped there and its reputation as one of the best hiking trails in the state is well-deserved. It is very rugged and I would say would not be good for children or beginner hikers, but if you're up for a small challenge the trail is absolutely worth it. You can hike the entire trail (9.75ish) miles, or just hike the north loop which is approximately 6 miles. I did a day hike on the trail, but there are backpacking campgrounds along the trail if you would like to stay the night out in the woods. The views of the sandstone cliffs and Pickle Creek are stunning. Bring plenty of water. I took 4 liters and ran out twenty minutes from the end. My total hiking time was around 6 hours, including a stop for lunch. If you need to cook on the trail, fires are not allowed, so bring a stove. Fires are obviously allowed within the developed campground however. Hawn is a true gem of the Missouri State Park system and highly recommended.
  • This is one of me and my spouses favorite places to hike. The trails are challenging but well-maintained. This is an absolutely beautiful park.
  • Absolutely beautiful park. Went backpacking and camped in the park and it was just wonderful. Crystal clear streams, beautiful views, great hiking trails...a favorite!
  • Without a doubt, one of my most favorite places in eastern Missouri to hike. Taking the whispering Pines Trail on either the northern or southern loops provides for a great long hike and some pretty incredible views. There is a decent amount of elevation gain so snacks and water are a definite plus to pack.

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