We report stopped-flow kinetics experiments to study the folding and unfolding of 5 base-pair stem and 21 nucleotide polythymidine loop DNA hairpins over various concentrations of NaCl. The reactions occurred on a time scale of milliseconds, considerably longer than the microsecond time scale suggested by previous kinetics studies of similar-sized hairpins. In comparison to a recent fluorescence correlation spectroscopy study (J. Am. Chem. Soc.2006, 128, 1240-1249), we suggest the microsecond time-scale reactions are due to intermediate states and the millisecond time-scale reactions reported here are due to the formation of the fully folded DNA hairpin. These results support our view that DNA hairpin folding occurs via a minimum three-state mechanism.