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Hawn State Park ranks up there with the most beautiful state parks in the state of Missouri. Trickling Pickle Creek runs through the landscape, which is made up of sandstone bluffs, deep canyons, and forests of pine and oak. There are plenty of places to sit and have a picnic lunch or see the sights on one of the many trails, plus there is a campsite for a comfortable place to spend the night when you rent a camper in St. Genevieve County.
Hawn State Park covers 4,953 acres and offers ample places to bird watch, hike, picnic, camp, and study the wonders of nature. Because of the pristine nature of the area, it has been designated as a state natural area. When in the area, why not also pay a visit to one of the interesting nearby towns such as Farmington and Festus, with the city of St. Louis an easy drive away.
With such scenic surroundings, it is hardly surprising that Hawn State Park is popular for state park RV camping. Visitors are able to choose from around 30 picnic spots that are scattered around the park, many of which are shaded under the lofty pine trees. There is also an open picnic shelter that can accommodate 100 people and can be reserved for the day, making it a great place for a gathering of friends and family. There are two outdoor grills available to be used as well, perfect for a spot of lunch when motorhome camping.
One of the best ways to see the sights is to take one of the many hiking trails. Although long, the Whispering Pine Trail is one of the most well used by those that go camping at Hawn State Park and is considered one of the best in the state. There are two loops, so visitors can choose to take the trail in sections, and will take you through a beautiful forested landscape. For a shorter walk, the Pickle Creek Trail is just 1 mile long, following Pickle Creek.
While Hawn State Park camping, you have a good chance of spotting some of the local wildlife, such as pileated woodpeckers in the trees, or the small dragonflies that flit over the creek. Throughout the summer months, a naturalist provides interpretive programs over the weekend where you can learn more about this diverse and interesting landscape, so make sure you check the park events before renting an RV in the area.
There are basic, electric, and walk-in sites all available at the state park RV campground. The campground is available all year round, however showers and water are only available between April and October. There are clean and modern restrooms available, with picnic sites and laundry facilities. During the weekends, there is a two-night minimum stay, but this is one of the best ways to have immediate access to the park and surroundings as soon as you wake up in the morning.
For those that don’t want to camp directly in the park, another option is Perryville campground, where you’ll be immersed in nature all year round. There is plenty of full hook-up, pull-thru RV sites available here, with centrally located bathhouses and activities throughout the year for the kids. There are two pavilions on-site that are often used for live music events, or if you just fancy relaxing, there is a large lake available for a refreshing dip or gentle stroll around.
When you are traveling with kids, a visit to The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum should be on your list. The museum is home to a huge range of exhibits, all of which have been curated with children in mind. The end result is hundreds of interactive displays that help to spark imagination and foster a love of learning. Exhibits include Let’s Get Curious, Waterfall Patio, Nature Play, WonderWorks, and many others. Thanks to the fact that most of the museum is housed indoors, it makes for a great rainy day activity.
Animal lovers should head to St Louis Zoo, home to over 13,000 animals, and representing 555 species. It is one of the few free zoos in the country, making it a very popular attraction for families, friends, couples, and solo travelers. Overall there are 90 acres of animal exhibits to explore, which have been divided into different zones, such as a River’s Edge, The Wild, Historic Hill, Lakeside Crossing, and Red Rocks, to name a few.
For those interested in learning a little more about the area, the City Museum in St Louis is a good place to start. The museum is housed in a 100-year-old warehouse in downtown. Inside the space is something you will never have experienced before. Local artists have repurposed material to build climbers, bridges, castles, and tunnels, all of which are waiting to be explored. New attractions and exhibits are constantly being built, meaning no matter how many times you visit, there will always be something new to see.