Hawn State Park
by Jim McCarty
Park offers beautiful scenery for those willing to don hiking boots
and explore the trails.
Two completely different kinds of rock make Hawn State Park near Ste.
Genevieve one of Missouri's most interesting natural areas.
In places highly erodable sandstone
has been carved into fascinating towers like those called the Chimney
Rocks. Elsewhere tough granite has stood up to the furious onslaught of
Pickle Creek and River aux Vases.
The result is a dramatic series
of shut-ins like the one shown at right. These welcome little waterfalls
and cool refreshing pools wait to soothe the hiker who comes to pay a
To really appreciate Hawn State
Park you must don rugged hiking books and hit the trail beneath the best
remaining stands of shortleaf pine, the only pine native to Missouri.
Along the trail you will gasp
at the stunning vista presented from the top of steep cliffs, always accompanied
by the music of the cascading creek. Even the creek is special
scientists say some 20 species of fish live here and it has been declared
an outstanding state water resource.
Rare plants abound here. For
the less intrepid the park offers a complete picnicking or camping experience
that includes showers and electric sites.
For more information contact
the park office at (573) 883-3603.