Monday, May 28, 2012
Hawn State Park North and South Loops
This is a great hike. At ten miles for both the north and south loops, it can be done in a single day but can be also be broken into two days if you're not up to the task. Highlights include pickle creek with numerous pools to soak your feet or play in (beware the copperheads), the pine forests, and the scenic overlooks. I've included pictures of each in the below photo album. I prefer to head right after the bridge at the beginning of the trail and do the path in a counter clockwise fashion, beginning at pickle creek and finishing with the beautiful evans knob and pickle creek overlooks. The trail is generally well marked and easy to follow, although there was one point where the path crosses pickle creek and sharply curves that people tend to want to go straight rather than turn with the trail creating a short false trail that can fool the careless. This is one of my most highly recommended day hikes in southwest Missouri.