Hawn State Park

Hawk State Park is the perfect respite for travelers of all ages to enjoy the great outdoors. Best of all, it is only miles away from Ste. Genevieve.

Hikers in Hawn State Park have many choices to meander through the pines. Trails are well marked and maps are available. Whispering Pine Trail makes a figure 8 loop, 6 miles then 4 miles. Splash across the creek to enjoy the overviews and rest on rock ledges. Primitive back-packing camps are along the trail. Pickle Creek Trail starts at the picnic grounds and leads to the scenic shut-ins at Pickle Creek-1 mi out+1 mi back. White Oak Trail offers a 4.4 mile hike that travels through pine forest, across creeks and over sandstone outcrops. Enjoy the scenic overlook!
Connector trails join all these trails so you can adjust the length of your hike. Beware the potential for ankle twisting on these rock strewn trails.

A campground provides restrooms, showers, laundry, and playgrounds for families to stay and enjoy their time around Ste. Genevieve.

 

Contact Information

Hawn State Park - Missouri State Parks
Reservations and Information:
573-883-3603

Address:
12096 Park Drive, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Park Grounds Summer Hours (On-Season) March 15 through Nov. 14 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winter Hours (Off-Season) Nov. 15 through March 14 7:30 a.m. to sunset Entrance gates open and close at these times. PARK OFFICE HOURS April through October (on-season) Noon to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday November through March (off-season) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Tuesday and Thursday through Friday Closed on state holidays during the off-season
  • Seasons Open

    all year
  • Prices and Fees

    Free admission
  • Accessibility

    The picnic area and campsite are handicapped accessible. The trails generally are not. Four parking spaces in front of the park office are mostly level and paved. A pathway leads to a kiosk, where you can obtain information when the office is closed. The path to the office has a 6.6% slope. A paved pathway near the exit leads to an observation deck in the midst of the pine trees. A handicap parking space is adjacent to the path for easy access. Visitors of all abilities can enjoy birding along Overlook Trail. This trail has manageable surfaces, trail information and signage, rest areas, and many other ADA considerations. To find additional locations that are accessible, visit Birdability to view their accessible birding trails maps. WHITE OAK TRAIL TRAILHEAD The first amenity past the park entrance sign is the White Oak Trail trailhead. While the trail itself isn’t accessible, an accessible vault toilet is here for your convenience. Parking is packed gravel with a 3% cross-slope. PARK OFFICE AREA Four parking spaces in front of the park office are mostly level and paved. A pathway leads to a kiosk, where you can obtain information when the office is closed. The path to the office has a 6.6% slope. A paved pathway near the exit leads to an observation deck in the midst of the pine trees. A handicap parking space is adjacent to the path for easy access. PICNIC AREA Tucked in among large pine trees, the picnic area provides an accessible shelter, picnic site and vault toilet. A paved pathway that includes a water fountain and information board ties the amenities together. The shelter accommodates approximately 100 people and has a group grill. The picnic site provides a pedestal grill. The playground has a wood playground mulch base; however, a paved path leads to a seating area and a second picnic site adjacent to it. CAMPGROUND This shady campground offers one electric and two basic accessible sites, which provide an extended-end table, fire ring and lantern post. All areas of the campground have accessible water hydrants and vault toilets. The playground has a wood playground mulch base; however, a paved path and seating area allow for observation. The showerhouse has one handicap parking space with a paved path leading to the entrance. Individual shower rooms are designed to be accessible to all visitors. The spacious restrooms have accessible lavatories with lowered mirrors, side-transfer toilets and electric hand dryers. The accessible laundry area is a nice, open room with a set of top-operated machines, a utility sink and a small folding area. The barrier-free dump station is on the main road above the campground and across from the park office. Potable water is not available at this location. SPECIAL-USE AREA This area can be accessed by car but is not modified. AMPHITHEATER This is located up a steep slope and is not modified.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    The sandstone in Hawn has the unique ability to hold groundwater produces a concentration of rare and unusual plants in this region. The acidic soil that has formed over this ancient sandstone supports upland woodlands of tall, straight shortleaf pine, Missouri’s only native pine tree. Mixed in with the pine trees are hardwood trees such as white oak, shagbark hickory and red maple. In the spring, the park abounds in color from the delicate pink and white flowers of the wild azaleas that thrive in the acidic soil. Because of the sandstone influence, many of the park’s 660 species of trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers can be found only in this area of the state.
  • Locally or Family Owned Notes

    Helen Coffer Hawn was a rural Ste. Genevieve County public school teacher who lived with her mother and brother in a rented cottage. She dreamed of creating a park to protect the landscape for the people and began acquiring tracts of land. Between 1932 and 1941, she successfully purchased 12 separate tracts. Upon her death in 1952, she willed nearly 1,500 acres of rugged hills and streams to the state.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Dogs must be leashed, limit of 2