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Hawn State Park
12096 Park Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Phone: (573) 883-3603
Directions: From Ste. Genevieve: Travel Approx 16 miles west on Hwy 32, until you reach MO Hwy 144. Turn left onto MO Hwy 144, the park is about 4 miles down this road.
Often described as the prettiest of Missouri's parks, Hawn State Park is one of the best areas to view the wide variety of natural landscapes found throughout the state. In 1952, when schoolteacher Helen Coffer Hawn willed over 1,400 acres of this area to the state, her gift of canyon-rimmed valleys, clear, sandy-bottom streams, and mixed oak-pine forests became one of the most outstanding jewels in the state park system.
The park has now grown to over 4,950 acres, and includes the 2,880 acre Wispering Pine Wild Area. This wild area offers visitors backpacking, bird study, or nature viewing opportunities among the pine, oak, and dogwwod trees along Pickle Creek. Fifty-eight acres along Pickle Creek have been designated a state natural area, and offer one of the few places in the state where so many different rock types are exposed at the surface.
The park offers hikers many trails to explore, ranging in length from 1 mile to a 10 mile backpacking trail. The backpacking trail, or Whispering Pine Trail, has three designated backpacking campsites for those who wish to hike the trail over two days instead of one full day.
The park's campground offers 50 campsites, with 26 having electricity, and the other 24 being basic sites. The campground is open year-round, and offers reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water, and laundry.
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