Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Covered the 4 mi. plus 6 mi. Whispering Pines Trail in 4.5 hours with my brother. We carried about 25 pounds each in the rain in prep for a future 120 mile through hike. If you are going to do the 6 mi., you definitely need to do the additional 4 mi. in order to see some of the most beautiful areas I've seen in Missouri. It's a beautiful park and seems to have a nice scenic campground. This park lies very close to my brother, so I will be back to camp and see some more trails soon. Bring a lunch and 3 liters of h2o was plenty.
The trails at Hawn state Park are very fun. Some of them are fairly easy and others are more of a challenge the one's that are more of a challenge are much more beautiful. I can't remember the name of this one trail that I hiked on but it was a challenge and when I got to the top, I had a beautiful view. Their where azalas growing naturally and I also had a good view of Farmington Mo. The view I had was breathtaking. I only wish that I would of brought a camera with me that day.
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