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St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
St. Francois State Park is a public recreation area occupying 2,735 acres (1,107 ha) of land five miles (8.0 km) north of Bonne Terre in St. Francois County, Missouri. The state park features a campground, trails for hiking and horseback riding, and fishing on the Big River. The 49-acre (20 ha) Coonville Creek Natural Area, made up of Coonville Creek and its narrow valley, is found within the park's boundaries.
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  • It's 60 miles, roughly 60 minutes from St. Louis. We chose this park because we wanted to go somewhere with a creek to splash in, like Johnson Shut-Ins, in the hot weather. Mooner's Hollow Trail...  more »
  • Our experience was limited to the Mooner's Hollow Trail, nice enough trail with some rock features, a little waterfall, beautiful wildflowers, and rich red dirt. Saw a lovely Western rat snake near...  more »
  • Camp sites are a little close but are better spaced than most state park sites. I believe all the sites are pull through in campground 2. I have not been to the other campground. Campsites are close to a good swimming area via trail in the woods (campsites 4, 6, 8, 11, 14) Staff is friendly, the beach is decent, and there is a lot of space to hold family events. Fairly quiet and family atmosphere. If you are looking to party I know campground 2 isn't for you. Lots of wildlife. We stayed during the week so there were not many campers. The deer and bunnies come out and don't mind the humans so much.
  • Forty years of riding dirt bikes here, I finally wore the place out. Trails are rough and rocky. I've enjoyed riding here in the past, but it's just too rough on bikes and bodies now.
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