We camped here a couple of years ago and while the campsites themselves and the campground are clean and quiet the campground host gave us the wrong gate access code and in order to be able to get to our campsite that night we had to hike all the way down the road and wake the campground host up so that he could let us in which was over a 1 mile hike in the middle of the night. Like I said the actual campground is nice and clean and quiet but other than hiking there really isn’t much in the form of any activities. And unfortunately because of our bad experience that night we will probably not ever camp here again.
This is a small park and hard to get a reservation because of how nice it is. There was a creek that ran not far from the campground. My kids played in the creek all day. We caught cray fish/crawdads and cooked them up for dinner. My kids still talk about going back there as teenagers and they were little kids when we went.
Favorite park in Missouri for backpacking.
This campground is nature at its best. It is close to the creek where you could put your chair in the water and sit and chill out all day long. Great for kids fishing swimming and just relaxing
The big camp is beautiful and has electricity and water. On the trail there are several marked and unmarked campsites for backpacking. Absolutely gorgeous hikes. Just be careful of the raccoons; they are super smart.
We packed in and stayed at one of the backpacking sites. We highly recommend the Pickle Creek section for a good variety. Trail includes tough climbs and rocky downhills. Included is a photo from one of the amazing overlooks.
We visited in October and were able to hike several great trails in the park and surrounding area. The campsites are nothing special. They are closely grouped and all central sites in the loop are treeless. Sites on the exterior of the loop back to woods. Ice and wood are available at ranger station check in. I will say the the bathhouse/showers are the best I have encountered while camping. They are clean, large, and free. We did not get cell service at our site, but did get it up near the campground entrance so we could check in periodically.
Hawn has a large variety of campgrounds. Whether you have a trailer, a tent, or you want to hike into a remote site, they have options for you. On top of great clean sites, Hawn also has one of the best trails in Missouri, Whispering Pines.
You should reserve ahead of time for minimal confusion once you get there. Seems like a popular campsite but with a fair amount of grounds per reserved campsite spot. Regular checkups are made by ranger personnel to ensure maximum safety, cleanliness, of the area. There is a large moderately clean facility accessible on site with bathrooms, showers, and sinks. You are required to purchase firewood from the grounds unless you bring your own. There are several trails in varying lengths at Hawn State Park and they are all incredible. It was so enjoyable to sleep at the campground and hear the creek nearby and the night wildlife and to wake up in the morning to the morning sun and head out for an early start on the trails.
If you are looking for a not-so-wild experience this is the perfect place. It is so peaceful and enjoyable and the trails are beautiful with incredible high-point lookouts, creeks, a river, beautiful botany, birds etc.
I have been to Hawn State Park many times! It is a very clean campground with a newer shower house. The campground is smaller and has amazing views. I love electric site 17 best because it has the perfect view of the cliffs. There is 3 trails with the longest having two loop options with connectors from the other two trails. There are also walk in sites here and hike in sites. This park will not disappoint. It is also close to Ste. Genevieve which is a great town to visit for a history lesson on the settlement of Missouri. Pickle Springs Nature Area is also a few minutes away which is another fantastic area to hike. It is beautiful any season but I love the views in autumn best!