Recreation in the Area of Ste. Genevieve


Hawn State Park is just 16 miles from the city in Ste. Genevieve County, off Hwy 32. This is the best wilderness experience that nature has to offer to forget traffic jams, family crises and work related problems. The 4,953-acre park has a Superintendent and is part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Within the park is the 2,570-acre "Whispering Pine Wild Area". When the air is still there is little sound, but when the wind is blowing through the pines it sounds like the far-off roar of rushing water. Nowhere else in Missouri can one find these rare plants, some left behind by glaciers. When snow is on the ground winter provides a special treat of frozen water falls and wonderful ice sculptures. Spring brings the wild pink azaleas which grow from the bluffs, hills and sandstone. You will also see the dogwoods, redbuds and many, many wildflowers. The waterways in the park are River Aux Vases and Pickle Creek, two of Missouri's most pristine. In the heat of summer one needs to bring a beverage, but you can always cool off in one of the springs. Fall brings the grand show of reds, oranges and yellows reflecting in the spring waters with the falling and floating leaves. When arriving at the park be sure to sign in and get a map. This will help to select one of the many trails and direct you to the campground, picnic area and facilities. For more information, write the Hawn State Park superintendent at 12096 Park Drive, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. 63670 or call 573-883-3603.


The National Park Service has named Pickle Springs a natural landmark with national significance. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates the Pickle Springs Natural Area. This natural area is recognized for the biological and geological values as an undisturbed site. A two-mile trail winds through the area and is called the "Trail Through Time". This takes visitors to geologic wonders carved in the sandstone over the past 500 million years, sparkling streams, cool canyons and spectaclar bluff views. The trail heads through "The Slot", a crevice marked with holes, pockets and ridges, to moundlike sandstone formations called hoodoos or rock pillars. A boardwalk continues past a rare double arch holding up a sandstone shelf. To descend down to Pickle Creek visitors must climb through the "Keyhole", part of Terrapin Rock. Twin foot bridges cross Bone Creek and lead to Mossy Falls, the half-way point. One hour on the trail and you have not yet seen Owl's Den Bluff, Spirit Canyon, Dome Rock Overlook, Rockpile Canyon, Headwall Falls and Piney Glade. This park is a more natural experience and not as such, a hiking trail, but bring a beverage or two. The park is on Hwy AA off Hwy 32 just west of Hawn State Park.


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