Meet at the Swimming Deer Trailhead, located in the park campground, for St. Francois State Park's First Day Hike. Swimming Deer Trail is 3.15 miles and takes about 2.5 hours to hike. The trail travels in the river bottom, along bluffs overlooking the Big River, and through the woods. It is considered moderately difficult.
Participants should wear good hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and snacks. Leashed dogs are welcome provided they are cleaned up after and are respectful to other hikers and dogs. The shower house restrooms and drinking fountain will be closed. Vault toilets are available in the campground.
If the threat of inclement weather is forecasted, visitors should call the park office at 573-358-2173 for any updates.
Registration for this event is required. To register, click on the link below and search for events at St. Francois State Park.