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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 »
  • We went with our 21 year old son hoping to kill some time and hike while waiting to go to Bonne Terre mines. We only found roads to walk on and grass grown up so if there were hiking paths we...  more »
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  • 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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