Exploring Missouri State Parks: St. Francois

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

Located off U.S. 67 south of the St. Louis area near Bonne Terre, St. Francois State Park has four hiking trails that show off the beauty of the Pike Run Hills and the Big River.


The trails wind through the forested hills and glades of the park, including Coonville Creek Wild Area and Coonville Creek Natural Area. Mooner’s Hollow Trail leads by the creek, whose clear waters once were used to make moonshine.

6209184944_84940ce986_bThe Big River forms the southern boundary of the park and the slow-moving stream is ideal for families and novice floaters. The river offers fishing and wading.

More than 160 picnic sites are scattered throughout the woods. Two shelters can be reserved for family reunions or large gatherings. Nearby are playgrounds, horse shoe pits and ball fields.

Overnight accommodations include basic and electric campsites, with modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities.

Photos from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

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